Not wanting to sit around or do 'chores' on Sunday afternoon we decided to take a drive......... yes along the Colonial Parkway. We had a destination in mind, but first let me take you down this beautiful drive. We start at Yorktown.
Then we drive along the York River (see Yorktown Onion post) and as we head to Williamsburg the parkway becomes more tree lined and lush.
After we pass through Williamsburg, we find now there is a river on our left (the York was on our right).
This is the James River.
From one end of the parkway to the other is twenty-three miles of peaceful, quiet, scenic views, and lots of history. As I said, we started in Yorktown, drove through (under) Colonial Williamsburg, and at the other end is Jamestown. Both Jamestown and Yorktown have the actual village -- and then there is a recreation of what life was like. Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement are wonderful re-creations. Yorktown Battlefield and Jamestown are part of the National Park Service. At the Jamestown site there has been an archaeological dig that has been going on for a few years. They have recovered a good number of artifacts and found the original fort walls. Be sure to check this link for all sorts of info on the dig.
Closer to the end of the Parkway is one of the oldest continually worked dairy farms. The family that owns this farm also owns Oleta Bus lines.
When the kids were in middle school (a hundred years ago) a bunch of parents chartered a bus to go to band camp and the charter was trip leased out to Oleta. This is probably one of the nicest group of folks and the nicest buses we have been on in the life of a band parent. I remember chatting with the bus driver and he was telling me about the history of the farm. I can't find info online to verify it now, but he said land for the Parkway used to be part of their farm. I would recommend this bus company in a heartbeat. Very nice to work with.
At the end of the Parkway you either go into the National Park at Jamestown or take a left and go on the ferry. We are going on the ferry.
Now it is our turn..............
Once underway we go past the Jamestown Settlement and can see the replicas of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria........... WHAT!! Just kidding, can you name the three ships that brought the colonists in 1607 to Jamestown? They are the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.
Here is the original site of Jamestown- part of the National Park Service.
As we cross the James River enroute to Scotland we pass another one of the ferry boats.
Why have we taken this trip? What is across the river that would interest us on a pleasant Sunday afternoon? What indeed! Here is our destination. And our bounty.
College Run Farms, a nice family farm.
This is half of what we picked, and of course while picking strawberries one needs to sing..............................