Imagine my astonishment when Kara called again on Friday night to tell me that the two wanderers had returned home! What I didn't find out till later was that, whatever pilgrimage they had been on, Gypsy went the same way the next day--disappearing for 24 hours and then returning home. There must be some Chicken Mecca out in the hunting preserve that was on their Bucket List!
A docent played the role of John Rolfe, a later settler who married Pocahontas, as he gave a rather long discourse on the history of the settlement. This shot shows just about the exact site where the ship landed and was moored to trees on the shore. Other than the ruins of a church and a few small replicas of shelters, there is very little to see, but the sense of history is palpable.
We started with the Powhatan Indian village, which is authentically recreated, even down to costumed docents who sit cross-legged weaving baskets or making arrowheads. Interestingly, they use flint for their arrowheads for the very reason that the Powhatan Indians did not! They purposely avoid misleading future archeologists who might excavate the site long after they are gone.
We all had a chuckle over one of the docents' lack of humor. We asked about the animal skins, which obviously came from real animals, and she said most of them are donated. I commented that I supposed they couldn't go out and kill the animals or they'd have PETA after them. "PETA has no authority here!" she declared sharply. I guess I hit a sore spot!
It seems fitting to end this day's wanderings with a visit to the church and a photo of the Apostles' Creed. These settlers may have come to Virginia to found a colony in the hopes of getting rich, but they definitely worshipped God!
Not having the stamina of a settler, I conked out and ended up sitting in a movie theater in the museum to rest my weary bones while Herb, Jenny and Jean-Marc throughly explored the fascinating exhibits. Like them, I would be glad to spend an entire day in the museum alone. I guess that will be part of next year's wanderings!