Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Roadtrip '09 Part 1

July 12, 2009--Day 1:

First we went to Appomattox, Virginia and saw where Lee surrendered to Grant. At Appomattox we saw the reconstructed McLean house and courthouse. At the Clover Hill Tavern they had some printing presses they used to make parole passes for the confederate soldiers.

In Richmond, Virginia I went to the Poe Museum. It is housed in the oldest building in Richmond and has a reconstruction of one of Poe's rooms. In one building there was a piece of paper Poe had written on in his teeny-tiny handwriting. Before we left Richmond we saw the White House of the Confederacy. We didn't get to go inside because it was closed. We drove to Colonial Williamsburg that night.

The McLean House

Dudeboy printing up parole passes

Somber men

White House of the Confederacy

July 13, 2009--Day 2:

The next day we went to Jamestown, the first English settlement that succeeded. Somebody dressed as Gabriel Archer ( a settler at Jamestown) told about his hard times. At Jamestown there are man wells which are full of archaeological treasures because when the wells dried out they used them as garbage pits. That night we ate supper at Chowning's Tavern back in Williamsburg. There we were entertained by a magician and a musician.

Archer's Hope

Some of the treasures found in the well the day we visited

Professor McGonagall doing some magic

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