Maryland Outdoor Club
Fri, May 4 2007 - Williamsburg and Jamestown Weekend (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Colin Babb
Participants:Glenn Peddicord, Colin Babb, Lisa Perkins, Kevin Yue, Maureen Wingfield, Melissa Dillon, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Boramy Hengbuoy, Tracey Wagner, Ali Badii, Kimberly Engle, Aimee Morris, Adam Miller, KC Yi, Tom Reichelderfer, Clement Hey, Megan Hamel, Chris

Write Up:
I remember visiting Williamsburg when I was in high school (one of my early first choices for college was William and Mary), and I remember, in addition to it being insufferably hot since it was summertime, that the town was pretty interesting for someone who was interested in colonial history. Twenty years later, I and some others on this MOC trip found it to be a bit more commercial that we remembered from earlier times. Or maybe it always was, and our youthful innocence just blocked our senses. Regardless, I think we all had a pretty good time on the trip.

Getting to the campground, which was on the other side of the James River from Williamsburg and Jamestown, was a challenge, not the least because we were trying to head out of the DC area on a Friday night. And then we had to get off and venture onto little-back-road Virginia. But we all eventually made it, and I even managed to survive accidentally dropping a gas lantern on someone’s tent (which was my fault) without causing too much damage either to the tent or myself. The next morning we engaged in the very first MOC ferry ride (as far as I know) as we took the Jamestown-Scotland ferry, which takes you almost literally to the front door of the Jamestown Settlement and National Historic Site. That first day we continued on to Williamsburg, and made our way to the main street. We had missed the visit of the Queen of England only the day before, so it was probably a little quieter than usual. There were supposed to be a number of running reenactments throughout the day, and I think some of caught some of them, but they weren’t quite as spectacular as we had been led to believe.

That night a bunch of us stopped by a strawberry patch on the way back to the campground, and we loaded up with piles and piles of fresh strawberries. These were going to be added to the Mexican fare for the evening (it was Cinco de Mayo weekend). Boramy unsuccessfully tried to heat up his bottle of fancy sake by putting it in a jet boiler, which quickly burst the bottle. As the (inevitable) rain began to fall, we began to huddle under KC’s canopy while we watched the completely exposed campfire seemingly grow larger despite the downpour. We also watched some of our tents wallow in a giant pool of water as the tent pad nearest the canopy filled up (which KC found a way to drain before everyone headed to their tents).

Jamestown the next morning was very interesting, especially since there are ongoing excavations there to uncover the original fort at the site, which was discovered about a decade ago. A new museum dedicated to the excavations also was pretty interesting (which included displays of the remains of some of the early colonists who had received what appear to be rather gruesome deaths…). We got to experience a little bit of America’s past on the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the United States.

After that, we all went our separate ways and headed home. Thanks to everyone who came on the trip and I hope everyone had a good time.

--Colin Babb

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