Saturday, July 24, 2021

Eastward, Ho! Day 48: Yorktown

 Friday, July 23

We went to see the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  Yorktown, VA having been the site of the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War.  It was the battle which resulted in the surrender of British Lieutenant General and Lord Cornwallis and his men; which caused the British government to start negotiations for an end to the war.  

Its a very nicely laid out museum, worth the price of admission!  The crowds weren't too bad and the multimedia displays and showings were outstanding.

A few of the displays that caught my eye:

One of the major figures in the training of the ragtag American militias into an effective army:

George Washington, the father of our country and its first President:

This painting reminded me of the scenes the world saw when Saddam Hussein's Iraq was defeated and statues of him were torn down.  

Outside the museum, there's static displays of a military encampment, structures depicting colonial farming and life and even a chance for one to experience group formation drills and training.  I think the militiamen of the day would have been amused at the antics of today's tourists.

An officer's tent

Headquarters Tent

We then drove to nearby York River Oyster Club area and had a late lunch at the restaurant located there.  The food took a while being served and the music played too loud at times but at least the food was excellent!

Here's a few of the boats staying at the Marina next to the restaurant.  It's expensive mooring I think, one rate I saw was $4.50/foot/day!

Later that afternoon, I went for a short ride on Yagi, my Yamaha TW200 on the Colonial Parkway between Jamestown and Williamsburg.  Nice riding conditions and light, very light traffic on the parkway.
Sadly, no real opportunity for pics of the river....each roadside pullout was filled with cars.  Oh well.


SonjaM said...

So, what you are saying is that it took a Prussian to build an army out of a bunch of rednecks? Interesting non-fun fact...

RichardM said...

So, no oysters at the restaurant (no “R” in July). I think the RV rate at the Disney World RV park is at least as much as the marina. Maybe more…

redlegsrides said...

Indeed SonjaM! They needed that Teutonic discipline.

redlegsrides said...

No chance of me RVing there RichardM!