John Smith at Historic Jamestowne.  The yellow structure is the outline of the church in which Pocahontas and John Rolfe married.

We had a “45 minute presentation” for the condo this morning (7/14/15). Three hours later, we were able to head back for lunch before starting our day.
We opted to return to historic Jamestowne to see what had changed since our last visit. On our way in, we met Stephanie and her sweet family from California on their first trip. Mom and I were able to share the things we love about Jamestowne with them–a dear joy to each of us.

When they left, we headed into the museum to see what had changed there. There is a new display of Native American artifacts which were fascinating to see. My favorite was all the different materials used to make arrow heads.
It was also neat to see the museum’s version of Pocahontas’s wedding dress. We don’t know what she actually wore, but for the anniversary of her marriage to John Rolfe (Note: NOT John Smith), the museum used the pattern of a 17th century Falkland jacket, and 100 women spent over 1,400 hours embroidering the material with plants and animals from around Virginia. The wedding was held just after our last visit, so we missed seeing this in person, but definitely cool to see the costume up close!

Pocahontas's Wedding attire--Museum edition

Pocahontas’s Wedding attire–Museum edition

It was also neat to see the progress made on the church where Pocahontas and John Rolfe got married.

One of the reasons we keep coming back to Historic Jamestowne is because there is always something new going on. Archaeology is always revealing new information, and Jamestowne is continually working to make the area more like it was in 1607. It is fascinating to watch!  You can find out the newest finds at Jamestown here.

Since we only ended up with about 2 hours to spend at Jamestowne before it closed, we decided to explore a bit and see if we could find some eagles. We retraced our steps to see if Ginny was at her nest. No sooner had we relocated the nest then an eagle came swooping past, while I turned on my camera and said, “Load, load, load!” Alas, it took too long, so that’s a site we can just hold in our minds.

We had heard there were some eagles down by the glass blowers, so we headed down there to see if we could spot anything. As we drove up, we saw them soaring overhead, majestic and beautiful–and vultures, not eagles. Alas! But, as we walked down the path, we saw several land on a nearby tree.

Vultures in the tree tops

Vultures in the tree tops

I couldn’t help but recall the Jungle Book scene with the four vultures (who I learned in trying to find their dialogue were initially supposed to be the Beatles–there’s an audition recording of them!) So, mom and I quoted, “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” as we walked down to the glass blowers.



There were, however, no eagles to speak of–just more vultures picking apart the carcass of a huge carp. Captivating, but not what we wanted. Yet, as we headed back to the condo, we saw the nice surprise of a number of deer grazing along the road. I love deer, so that (and the Häagen-Dazs we got on the way home) was a lovely end to a great day of exploration.