We specifically wanted to see the Elizabeth II ship, and the Native American village. When we first spotted the ship, we were totally bummed because it was so small. We thought it was just a tiny replica. As it turned out, the ship was the full size of the original, which blew us away trying to imagine crossing the ocean from England to the U.S. in this little ship. Wow. What they went through!
Take your time to really study the ship, and ask lots of questions to the crewmen on board, because they are full of interesting tidbits of knowledge. Ask about the wild horses and ponies, too. Ask about what animals traveled on the ship with humans. You'll be blown away to think about traveling in such a way. Ask where people slept. Ask lots of questions. Ask how they pottied.
The Native American village wasn't quite what we expected either. I wouldn't call it a village, per se. But immersing yourself in life as they knew it was interesting, especially how they built canoes, and how welcoming they were to the first Europeans. There were no humans left in the "village" to tell its story, but the story was told with many sign stories. Check out the game that demonstrates how you'd communicate with someone who doesn't speak the same language.
Then on to the earliest buildings that were built by the people who came off the ship, complete with a blacksmith who demonstrated his craft and another fellow or two manning their stations. I'm not going to spoil their stories, just let them talk and tell their tales of the first days after landing the ship.
These were the three aspects of the park that we visited, and for the $10 admission fee, it was interesting and we learned a lot. We wouldn't have wanted to pay more than that, as it's not a big, elaborate park that you'll spend a lot of time in. I'm sure a lot of people breeze through pretty quickly, without taking the time to learn something new, and would thus be disappointed.
The key to enjoying this attraction is to go in with a mind of learning, ask lots of questions, let them demonstrate their crafts to you, and most of all, try to imagine yourself traveling in the ship, or living in either the Native American or English "buildings". Television really glamorizes history, and the reality is much more primitive. Definitely a learning experience.
-- author Sharon Delarose
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