Tag Archives: museum

The Lord of Misrule and some happy Christians.

 

Toward the end of our tour of the Jamestown re-creation settlement, we were startled by a loud noise.

 

 

It was the Lord of Misrule and his motley crew.

 

IMG_2299

 

A study in portraiture, some funky hairdos and a watermelon on wheels.

 

The portrait gallery was large…. and filled with strange and marvelous things.

 

IMG_2142

 

Can’t say I’d enjoy having her as a Mother in Law.

 

IMG_2137

 

They are smiling?

 

IMG_2139

 

Perhaps the weight of that elaborate hair is pulling their lips down.

 

IMG_2140

 

Oh my.

They say all babies are cute, but I beg to differ.

 

IMG_2138

 

This is a girl.

 

IMG_2163

 

And this is a boy.

No, I haven’t had too many margaritas.

It was explained to me that folk art paintings of little girls have cats… and folk art paintings of little boys have dogs. The hoop is also a boy’s toy, never played with by girls.

 

IMG_2162

 

Yes, another boy.

Could have fooled me.

There were a few sad paintings, like this one….

 

IMG_2141

 

Since all the family members in black are dead.

But there’s a chicken, so it’s not all bad.

 

IMG_2160

 

And while these two portraits aren’t the most skillful, they had the saddest story of all.

 

IMG_2159

 

Jonathan Bartlett was a black man who chose to portray himself as white…. in a heartbreaking statement of life in his time.

 

IMG_2157

 

Lightening the mood, there was George again….

 

IMG_2158

 

And whatever this was –

 

IMG_2155

 

I can’t even do a Name That Crap because I have no idea…

 

IMG_2154

 

 

 

The DeWitt continued…. George Washington, creepy dolls, weavings, and more Name That (not) Crap.

 

Aside from all the decorative items, the Dewitt had some pieces of historic interest as well.

 

IMG_2076

 

Here’s the father of our country casually leaning on a cannon. And if you look closely, you’ll see this…

 

IMG_2077

 

Yes, they even have George Washington’s jewelry…. which had been lost for nearly two centuries. It was rediscovered in 1990, when the daughter-in-law of a Virginia Beach woman descended from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall found it in her dead mother-in-law’s jewelry box.

Just think… it could have been put in a yard sale. Or donated to Goodwill.

Damn. Another missed opportunity.

 

IMG_2092

 

Continuing past the silver, there were vast collections of porcelain and pottery.

 

IMG_2093

 

Complete with creepy ass vintage dolls.

 

IMG_2094

 

If you invite this little chicka to a tea party?

She’s going to nibble your fingers like biscuits.

 

 

By the amount of tankers on display, there was some serious beer drinking going on in the 18th century.

 

IMG_2095

 

Have I mentioned this place went on forever?

 

IMG_2156

 

It was fabulous.

 

IMG_2144

 

There was a section dedicated to indigenous art as well.

 

IMG_2143

 

And these were quite special.

 

IMG_2145

 

Even the husband was intrigued.

 

IMG_2161

 

Each piece had a story.

 

IMG_2148

 

But I’ll just give you one example.

 

IMG_2149

 

Two years?

 

IMG_2147

 

Damn. That’s dedication.

 

IMG_2135

 

George showed up again, though in iron this time.

 

IMG_2134

 

 

“Dumb” stoves?

I’ve cursed a few in my lifetime, but never knew they were actually a thing.

After George,  I knew I’d lost the husband.

 

IMG_2136

 

Because this is his idea of heaven.

They weren’t rusted, but these are just the sort thing he likes to fill our barn with.

( And if his were in good shape and displayed artfully like this? I wouldn’t half mind.)

 

IMG_2127

 

And because you know I can’t pass up an opportunity, let’s play Name That (not) Crap again.

 

IMG_2128

 

What is it …. #1?

 

IMG_2133

 

What is it… #2?

 

 

 

 

 

Yorktown re-creation… in which we explore outdoors.

 

The second half of the American Revolutionary War Museum in Yorktown, Virginia is the interactive outdoor exhibit re-creation.

 

IMG_1597

 

First up…. the soldier’s encampment.

 

IMG_1650

 

It’s one thing to read about these things and see them in your mind’s eye….. quite another when you can physically touch and experience them first hand.

See those little tents? 4-6 men slept in there….. and let me tell you, it wouldn’t have been comfortable for one.

 

IMG_1599

 

Meals, such as they were… were cooked here.

 

IMG_1600

 

And the fire was kept burning 24/7.

 

IMG_1601

 

There were few doctors as we think of them today, and the surgical tent more than likely contained a barber with a bag of torture implements like these. Please note the large bottle of laudanum in the back. I’d be chugging that like iced tea, thank you very much.

Though if you were bitten by a mad dog?

They had you covered.

 

IMG_1617

 

The General’s tent was a bit larger….

 

IMG_1602

 

And served as his office as well.

 

IMG_1604

 

The laundromat was a bit primitive.

 

IMG_1605

 

Though you did get a discount if you brought your own soap.

And the entire camp was ringed with wooden spikes to repel attackers.

 

IMG_1648

 

As well as providing excellent selfie backgrounds.

 

IMG_1651

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, another Revolutionary War museum post…..

 

But there was so much to see and I’m not even covering an eighth of it.

 

giphy-facebook_s

 

Oh, stop.

A little knowledge won’t hurt you, although these might.

 

IMG_1568

 

While I’m not a general fan of firearms…

 

IMG_1569

 

Even I had to admit they were beautiful in the 18th century.

 

IMG_1575

 

The silver work was lovely.

 

IMG_1577

 

And the under sides of the butt caps really did have grimacing faces… but the lighting, the glass cases, and the reflections prevented any of my pictures from being post worthy.

 

IMG_1579

 

Everywhere you looked you were surrounded by history.

 

IMG_1580

 

Which is basically my nerdy idea of heaven.

When I die? I want to find out who killed JFK, how the pyramids were built and the location of ancient Troy.

 

nerd girl

 

And trust me, I have a lot of shoes.

 

IMG_1585

 

Impressive, right?

 

IMG_1582

 

There was even a tree of knowledge. If only I could spread some of it’s seeds in our nation’s capitol today…..

 

IMG_1587

 

Naturally we had to check out the surround sound movie.

 

 

 

Complete with battle scene sequence smoke rolling by on the floor.

 

 

 

And in my experience?

There are very few museums who actively instruct you to touch their balls.

 

IMG_1595

 

Yup.

 

IMG_1596

 

Seriously big balls.

 

IMG_1589

 

This now concludes the indoor museum section of our trip to Yorktown, Virginia.

Well, wait….

Maybe just one more thing.

 

IMG_1590

 

Because who doesn’t love 244 year old rat skulls?

 

Revolutionary War Museums can be fun.

 

Really, they can.

For example…. is it me?

 

IMG_1561

 

Or is Paul Revere a dead ringer for Jack Black?

 

38-33

 

See?

Fun!

 

IMG_1548

 

America looked a little different in the 1700’s.

 

IMG_1551

 

Back when this fellow was in charge.

 

IMG_1556

 

And who knew ole Ben was a songwriter?

 

IMG_1547

 

Not exactly top 40 material, but hey… he had other things on his mind.

 

IMG_1552

 

We spent hours exploring…..

 

IMG_1562

 

And were very impressed.

 

 

They brought history to life.

 

IMG_1553

 

And there was even a little Revolutionary Name That Crap!

 

IMG_1554

 

Can you guess?

 

IMG_1555

 

And how about…..

 

IMG_1564

 

Can you guess?

 

IMG_1565

 

One more.

 

IMG_1566

 

This was rusty so you know the husband loved it.

 

IMG_1567

 

We learned a lot… and I won’t bore you with it all.

 

IMG_1559

 

But it was a fascinating place.

 

IMG_1536

 

Filled with fascinating things.

 

IMG_1537

 

Admit it, you started humming Yankee Doodle Dandy when you saw that drum.

 

IMG_1563

 

They even had shoes!

 

IMG_1573

 

How great is that?

 

IMG_1591

Day 10… A little revolution now and then is a good thing. Or so I’ve heard.

 

We said goodbye to our company early on the morning of vacation day 10, promising to think about joining them for Christmas. The plan was to head down to Yorktown where I’d heard their American Revolution Museum was quite something….. but first, a Golden Corral buffet breakfast.

 

IMG_1529

 

Biscuits and gravy and cheesy hashbrown casserole.

Long live the artery clogging south!

The museum?

 

IMG_1654

 

Was everything they said it was…. and a little bit more.

 

IMG_1546

 

A sprawling place chock full of fascinating history.

(If that’s not your thing? Leave now… I’ll try not to hold it against you.)

2019 was the 400th anniversary of the arrival in America of the first enslaved people from West Africa and the museum devoted an entire section to the subject.

 

IMG_1530

 

Most of it was hard to read.

To view.

And to understand how seemingly otherwise good people could think this practice was just.

 

IMG_1532

 

But though horrible, it is a part of this country’s story.

 

IMG_1533

 

There were many free people of color during the Revolutionary era, and a large number fought alongside the patriots who would later come to own them.

A reprehensible thought.

 

IMG_1535

 

One of the most stunning documents was this:

 

IMG_1538

 

Seeing it in black and white gave me a chill.

 

IMG_1543

 

And the descriptions?

 

IMG_1544

 

Heartbreaking….

 

IMG_1542

 

I can’t even imagine.

 

IMG_1540

 

Even the father of our country wasn’t immune.

 

IMG_1541

 

I certainly never read that in any school textbook.

 

IMG_1545

 

Liberty… yes.

But not for all.