Jamestown

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Sunday morning after being treated to a home-cooked breakfast of toast, eggs, and bacon, we headed over to Jamestown.    We started our visit at the Visitor Center which is the more touristy site.  We bought our tickets and then joined the first tour of the day.  Our guide was halfway dressed like a native woman; she wore a leather-like skirt but then instead of going sans top, she wore a loose white blouse.  She led us down the path to a rebuilt village.  Posts with human faces but a bit taller than most people formed a circle just off the path; the guide explained that this was a dancing circle.  We then walked past women walking in gardens of green and yellow before sitting down inside one of the huts, oval in shape with rounded tops.

in a hut
  Although a bit darker in the home, it was dry from the spitting rain that had pursued us down the path.  I let my eyes wander over the mixture of objects: animal skins, gourds, fish traps.

Back out in the unpredictable weather, our guide led us over to the re-created fort and passed us off to our next guide, a man dressed in old English clothes.  He led us around the inner area of the fort.  While giving visitors a good idea of the size of the original fort, this fort had significantly more empty space (fewer buildings).  We visited two of the buildings, a storehouse with its barrels and other supplies and then the church with its wooden pews.  Following the talk in the church, we headed out the back side of the fort.  Here we saw more crops, these one planted in a more familiar style.

However, we didn't linger long over the corn; down by the ships, they were preparing for a demonstration of the cannons.  We arrived just in time for the loud blasts of cannon fire.  Demonstration over, we then explored the three ships.

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dancing post
dancing post
in a hut
in a hut
scarecrow
scarecrow
inside church
inside church
ships kitchen
ship's kitchen
to make a canoe
to make a canoe
working the garden
working the garden
33 km (21 miles) traveled
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