S: Jr Beta Trip to Williamsburg, VA
FC: Jr. Beta Club Trip May 18-21, 2011
1: The Henry County Middle School Jr Beta Club left for their Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown Tour on Wednesday, May 18 2011 and drove all night long to eat Breakfast in Cracker Barrel in Virgina on Thursday morning. The bus ride was uncomfortable, but it was worth it to be able to visit all the interesting historical sites we saw during the whirlwind three-and-a-half day trip. Our hotel was nice, even though we didn't get to stay in it much, and the food was good, at least for the adults. The kids ate lots of pizza. Even though we were worn out by Saturday, we all had a great time and can't wait until next year's trip.
3: Our first stop was the site where Jamestown originally stood. We learned about the people who settled there in 1607 while overlooking the spot at the James River where it is believed the Sarah Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery landed..
5: Jamestown was founded 13 years before the landing at Plymouth Rock. It is the site where America began. Believed to be washed away, archaeologists have only recently begun uncovering important pieces of our nation's history. At Jamestown we got to see them at work and also view over 1000 objects that have been uncovered from the site, including the skeleton of a settler and a piece of slate recovered from the bottom of a water well. Left: The rebuilt Third Church Top Right: Entering the excavation site Bottom Right: Glorified statue of Pocahontas, instead of feathers and a jacket like the Plains Indians she would have been topless
6: Jamestown Rediscovery
7: Top Left: Archaeologists at work. We could see the brick foundations of fireplaces still in the ground. Top Middle: Model of Jamestown Top Right: The British Colors Bottom Left: Dig site of First Church where Pocahontas Married John Rolfe
8: Inside the Third Church
10: The First Group Photo
11: Highlights of Jamestown
13: Jamestown Settlement Left: Alyssa Baum Chelsea Crawford and Justice Bottom Right: 7th Graders meet their guide
14: Back Row: Sean, Frankie, Tyler, Bo, Caleb, Sophie, Sarah, Micah, Gavin, Austin, Chelsea, Alyssa, (a hiding Justice), and Terralynn Middle Row: Blayce, Emily, Cameron A Front Row: Cameron J and Ethan
15: Learning With Our Tour Guide | Top Right: Learning about life in a Powhatan Village Top Right: Learning about Trade Winds Small Pics from Top to Bottom: Representation of type of person who would have founded Jamestown, Micah in Authentic Dress, The Sarah Constant, Boarding the Ship, Reenactors
16: Free Time at the Settlement
19: Yorktown Victory Center Top Right: View from Timeline Top Middle: Learning about Taxation without Representation (look how interested they are) Top Right: The Tea Pavilion Bottom Right and Middle: The Yorktown Encampment Bottom Right: A Soldier's Kitchen
20: Above: Justice and Blayce Right: Learning about Revolutionary War Medicine Far Right: The Musket Demonstration
22: Below: The Winged Victory of Samothrace statue of Nike symbolizes Victory. This Copy of the Original has Been Erected to Commemorate the Victory of the Battle of Yorktown.
23: The 7th Graders
24: Farm Life
25: At Yorktown we learned about our forefathers motivations to fight for independence. We saw a rare July 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence and learned that even though it stated "All Men Are Created Equal," only two in our group would have had equal rights, the two men over twenty years of age. We also learned how a farm would have been run in the 1770s. Top and Bottom Left: Learning how lye soap would have been made. Small Pics from Top to Bottom: Baby's Cradle, Dried Fruit in the Kitchen, A View from the Farm- house, the Chicken Coop Bottom Left to Right: The Slave Garden. Inside The Slave Garden, The Tobacco Barn
26: In Defense of Our Liberty
27: During In Defense of Our Liberty the group was conscripted into the Continental Army and experienced the life of the common soldier. They learned to march were treated to a weapons demonstration while fighting a battle in the dark. They all thought they were going to die.
29: Day Two in Williamsburg Behind the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
30: The Governor's Palace
31: Here we learned about Governor Dunmore's Lavish Lifestyle | Top Left: In the Parlor and At a Ball Small Pictures Top to Bottom: The Weapons Room, A Daughters Bedroom
32: Listening to Patrick Henry Speak in the Palace Garden (Justice Fell Asleep and Terralynn had to wake her up)
33: When Justice got on Friday morning she took night time sinus medicine so she had a hard time staying awake and keeping up during the guided tour. Our guide took us to the gunsmith shop, which was run by a woman, then we had to stop in an interesting tree for a photo. He taught us how to play the colonial game Trap Ball. Then we got to see the jail.
34: It was a pretty cool tree.
37: To Left to Right: Inside the Jail Cell the Girls Sat on the Coffin, and the Boys sat on the Throne. Outside the Jail. Bottom Left to Right: The Capitol Building Where We Got to Reenact the Debate for Independence in the House of Burgess.. Justice and Her Friends got to Sit on the British Side of the debate.
38: Top Left: Around the Table of Compromise Top Right: The Upper House Right: Our Groovy Guide.
39: The Courtroom Where Mrs. Lineman was Put on Trial For Murder. The Students Learned A Lot During the Mock Trial..
40: Most of the Seventh Graders with Mr. Eades
41: Free Time | After lunch the group enjoyed some free time. We visited the blacksmith, the wheelwright, and went through the maze at the palace. It was "just like Harry Potter."
42: The Lake at the Palace
44: After some free time the group meet in the part on the town called Revolutionary City. There we watched a street play titled the Challenge of Independence, 1176-1781. Throughout the play we moved to different parts of historic Williamstown to lean about the turmoil and challenges of shaping a new society in the midst of war. We began our journey at Raleigh Tavern Stage where we met the Hoy family struggling with with the decision to enter the war (middle right) and were addressed by Benedict Arnold. (middle left) At the Coffeehouse we learned how women were affected by and dealt with the war . (bottom)
45: Throughout the play, actors interacted with the audience and encouraged them to become part of the play. (top left) After the Coffeehouse we had to run to the Capitol because the British has seized Williamsburg and the turncoat Benedict Arnold was again to address the crowd. (top right) Behind the Coffeehouse we learned about the slavery during the Revolutionary War. We were teated to a hopeful sermon from preacher Gowan Pamphlet who discussed matters of faith with a young soldier. (left)
47: For the conclusion of the play, we marched to the courthouse where General Lafayette addressed the crowd (left) and the crowd was encouraged to join the battle.. It was a much more relaxed atmosphere than In Defense and the students, and Mr. Eades, had a great time. It was so much fun the roomies had to pose with a militia man when it was over.
49: Dinner was served at King's Arms Tavern where we were treated to music from the tavern musicians.
50: Before Ghosts Among Us
51: Before the ghost tour our guide, Darren gave out glow sticks in case anyone got lost. No one got lost or left behind, but walking back to the hotel Caleb scared Justice pretty bad, so bad he felt the need to apologize the next day.
52: On Saturday the group toured Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The walk up to the house though the wooded area was beautiful. We stopped at the Jefferson family cemetery where the kids left pennies on Jefferson's grave to show their respect. They thought it was interesting that only thee of his accomplishments were listed on the stone, none of which was President of the United States.
54: The Vegetable Gardens at Monticello was amazing. It is 80 feet wide and 1,000 feet long.
55: Wildflowers lined the vegetable garden. (left) The Levy gravesite inside the foundation of a slave cabin. | The joinery chimney still stands on Mulberry Row. (left) The vineyard was an impressive site. (right)
56: The Kitchen, West Portico and Inside the Cellar Passages
57: Playing Jackpot on the West Lawn
58: The Last Group Pictures
59: There always has to be a silly picture!
60: Seated: Frankie, Chelsea Ethan, Cameron A, and Sean First Row: Emily, Blayce, Sophie, Sarah Tyler, and Bo Second Row: Alyssa, Terra Lynn, Justice and Micah Back Row: Caleb, Cameron J, and Gavin
61: The Last Seventh Grade Group Shot Before the Tour Inside the House.