Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thanksgiving Traditions!

Jamestown, VA
Every Thanksgiving, John, the boys and I venture on up to Jamestown, VA to get back to our roots! Jamestown is a replica of the English settlement Fort, Powhatan villiage and riverfront discovery center complete with replicas of the ships that carried those first settlers over the Atlantic!In 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, a group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the banks of Virginia's James River. They were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders hoped to make a profit from the resources of the New World. The community suffered terrible hardships in its early years, but managed to endure, earning the distinction of being America's first permanent settlement.

Ryan (Arrick's school chum) and Arrick try their hand at taking the fur off of an animal hide!
Ian in the Powhatan Village!

A turkey roasting in the Powhatan Village! Meanwhile, our own turkey is on a slow oven and will be ready when we return!
Ian and Ryan check out a bear hide on the wall in one of the Powhatan village huts!

Our tradition began when Arrick and Ian were 4 and 7. We were looking for something to do to fill in the time before heading to friends for Thanksgiving dinner at 5pm. Since we were used to eating our Turkey dinner earlier, we headed to Jamestown to pass the time, enjoy the outdoors and let the brisk weather spark our appetite! We've been every year since

Ryan, making corn meal!

On to the ship replicas on the water front!
Arrick tries out the sleeping quarters!

Ryan says it's a perfect fit! It's time for a nap!


I thought this was a game of some sort.....well the boys set me straight pretty dang quick! It's a navigation device! Who knew!? Well they did. Their dad is a navigation officer. I guess I should pay better attention!!

Good friends gathered on this Thanksgiving!!

The Jamestown Fort! On site there is a glass house where they craft glass works in the same ways of the first settlers!

Preparing a variety of things in the village. We watched "settlers" prepare sausage, bread, apple sauce, smoke meats and cure fish!

Listening to one of the "settlers" explain the rules of the store house!!

One of the inhabitants!

smoking duck, venison and making applesauce!

Making a canoe!!! Arrick and Ryan want to try this at home!!

Better talk to this guy at length about how to make a canoe guys!

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