Day 1 (half day at CW):
We drove to CW visitors center & got our Freedom passes. The line was short & we were finished quickly. We made sure to get our THIS WEEK guide to programs & events (map on back).
We looked around the gift shops (the boys needed Tricorner hats!) and picked up a free Felicity (American Girl) map at Booksellers gift shop. They are behind the counter & you have to ask for them. The maps are old stock & will be gone soon.
We walked the trail to the historic area & enjoyed reading the emblems on the walkway that count down the years from present time to the 1700's. We then walked around Great Hopes Plantation. The interpreters engaged us & asked us questions. We met a very nice slave interpreter. DD was dressed in colonial garb & carrying three American Girl dolls in Colonial Garb as well. Everywhere we went we received compliments & positive comments from the interpreters. I believe we received extra attention because of her outfit & dolls.
We saw a play about Colonial times (Theater for the Young at Play Booth Theater) where the audience (children) participated. It was very cute & I recommend it for families. It was about 30 minutes long.
We caught the end of a converstation w/ Thomas Jefferson (Delightful Diversions for Families behind the Coffeehouse site) and it was very good. It was "above" the kid's, but they weren't too antsy.
We visited the Prentis store (small inside & VERY busy) and saw the outsides of several other buildings. The fall colors are gorgeous and the horse drawn carrriages were beautiful to see.
We left via the shuttle & headed back to our van. We then drove to Yorktown for the afternoon.
Day 2 (full day at CW):
We took the shuttle to the Gov. Palace after watching, The Story of A Patriot film at the Visitor's Center. DH & I liked the film, but the kid's were b-o-r-e-d.
We toured the Governor's Palace and surrounding gardens. It was really pretty & we would love to return to see it in the spring.
We then headed out to tour/locate as many places on the Felicity map as we could. We were able to tour many of them & took pictures of at least the outside of all but one building.
We came upon Revolutionary City (Collapse of Royal Government) four different times. It was really fun & engaging, but again, the language was above the kids understanding. There was enough action to keep them interested.
Bruxton Parish church is still an operating church. We were there on a Sunday & were about to tour the building when tons of people started exiting after a service. They were allowed to park cars in the area as well. Sort of took away from the colonial charm & threw our scheduling off on what to see next. They were also going to be having an evening service that day as well. Bottom line, if you want to see the church on a Sunday, check the church service schedule! We did tour the church later & it is well worth it. I wish we could have avoided the school group, but hey, at least we got to see it.;o)
We finished our day w/ hot chocolate & gingerbread cakes at the Bakery behind Raleigh tavern. The cakes were a little dry, but we may have just gotten an old batch. We bought a bag of gingerbread cookie mix to take to DD's teacher (who recommended the bakery)
A day and a half was not enough time to even begin to see/do everything at CW. We had to take into account stopping for lunch, waiting to tour buildings, some areas were closed or blocked off for Revolutionary City and we had to contend w/ rain, plus we had three kids with us.
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