Posts Tagged ‘Jamestown’

Celebrate Warner Heritage at Ancestral Homecoming Weekend

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Inn at Warner Hall is a confluence of historical figures, namely George Washington, Robert E. Lee and Meriwether Lewis, all of whom are direct descents of Augustine Warner, founder of the inn. (Even the Queen of England herself, Elizabeth II, is a Warner relative. According to innkeepers Troy and Theresa Stavens, “In England, Warner Hall is referred to as ‘the home of the Queen’s American ancestors.’”)

With family members like these, who wouldn’t want to celebrate such heritage? The Inn at Warner Hall is doing just that from July 26-28, 2013 at their Ancestral Homecoming Weekend. The celebratory reunion begins on the evening of July 26 with a buffet dinner where long lost family members can either reconnect or meet for the first time. Following dinner, two archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation, David Brown and Thane Harpole, will be making a presentation about Warner Hall in the 18th Century. (These two archaeologists also happen to be the author of a book entitled “Warner Hall: Story of a Great Plantation.)

Saturday’s activities will include a private tour of Colonial Williamsburg, a tour of White Marsh Plantation, and an 18th century dinner, and presentations by Richard Weaver.

Sunday will include a private service at Jamestown Memorial Church and a trip to Poquoson for a guided tour of “the site of Augustine Warner I’s first land grant” (Inn at Warner Hall).

If you are a Warner descendent who would like to indulge in your familial history, then give the Inn at Warner Hall a call at 800.331.2720 or send them an email at



By Tara Stoll

Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

If you’ve ever seen a viewing of Disney’s Pocahontas or the 2005 film The New World, then you already have a visual of  Jamestown, Virginia in the 17th Century. But neither movie nor history book can replace an in-person visit to the town that was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas: “In 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, a group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the banks of Virginia’s James River. They were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders hoped to make a profit from the resources of the New World.”

Williamsburg, Va’s Jamestown Settlement allows for the opportunity to experience the original colony portrayed through gallery exhibits, introductory films, replica ships, and re-creations of a colonial fort and a Powhatan village.

Make the most of your visit to Jamestown Settlement with daily demonstrations and optional guided tours.Throughout the day, visitors can see demonstrations of matchlock musket-firing, leatherworking, woodworking and blacksmithing in the fort, cooking and tool-making in the Powhatan Indian village, and cargo handling at the ships’ pier. Optional guided tours of the outdoor areas are offered at 10 and 11 a.m. and 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Artillery demonstrations are held daily at 11 a.m. on the ships’ pier, 2:45 p.m. in the riverfront discovery area, and at 4:15 p.m. in the re-created fort.” – History is Fun

(NOTE: Thank you to the individual who pointed out that Jamestown Settlement is an educational opportunity and is not to be confused with the site of the original colony. For more information about the original site, Historic Jamestowne, click here.)


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By Tara Stoll


Virginia’s Historic Triangle

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The Tidewater region of Virginia is perhaps best known for being home to the Historic Triangle. Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are all located here.

Tidewater VA Bed and Breakfasts are close to:

  • Jamestown, the country’s first permanent English settlement,
  • Colonial Williamsburg, the cultural and political center of the New World from 1699 to 1780.
  • Yorktown, where the Revolutionary War was effectively ended after the British surrendered.

Historic reenactments in Colonial Williamsburg.

British settlers arrived in Jamestown in 1607. They believed that the Virginia colony was “a paradise inhabited by simple, friendly people”, for that is what they had been told back home. Yet they found hardship, not wealth or good fortune. The colony struggled until 1614, when settler John Rolfe harvested a profitable crop of tobacco and married Pocahontas, a Powhatan woman. Peace with the Native Americans and Britain’s tobacco addiction enabled the struggling colony to thrive, and colonists began to arrive by the thousands.

Williamsburg is located midway between James River and York River. It was garrisoned and fortified in 1633, and became home to the country’s second institution of higher learning in 1693, when King William and Queen Mary granted a royal charter to the College of William and Mary. Indeed, it was college students who successfully lobbied to locate the new statehouse in their town. Williamsburg, as it was then named, became the capital of the area in 1699, as well as a thriving market town. It was a town where both goods and ideas were exchanged.

The York River has a deep channel, and the village on its banks has been a deep water, international port since the early 17th century. Yorktown was the chief tobacco port on the Chesapeake Bay in the early 18th century, and an active slave port. Yorktown gained everlasting fame when American troops under George Washington resoundingly defeated the British at Yorktown and effectively ended the American Revolutionary War with the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The town itself, however, was the main victim of the battle, and it never again prospered as it had prior to the war.

There is much to do in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. Travel back in time in Colonial Williamsburg. Visit the Battlefield and Victory Center at Yorktown, and the historic settlements at Jamestown. It would be easy to spend months exploring this area. Williamsburg Bed and Breakfasts and Yorktown Bed and Breakfasts welcome travelers however long their stay.

See Colonial Williamsburg for more information about events and activities. See Jamestown and Yorktown for more information about events and activities.


Virginia Tourist Attractions

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Jefferson´s Monticello (Pond Reflection)

Jefferson's Monticello

Virginia Tourist Attractions are too numerous to list comprehensively here. Still, a few destinations leap to mind when one thinks of “must visit” areas in Virginia.

1. Jamestown and Yorktown. Jamestown was the first permanent colony in America, settled in 1607. General George Washington’s victory at Yorktown brought a decisive end to the Revolutionary War. The living history museums, exhibits and films at Jamestown and Yorktown are not to be missed when visiting Virginia’s Tidewater region.

2. Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is perhaps the most impressive living history museum in the country. Impeccably preserved, artfully managed, it brings the history of colonial times to life like nothing else. Stay in a Williamsburg bed and breakfast while you’re there.

3. Monticello. The magnificent home of Thomas Jefferson sits on a mountain outside of Charlottesville. Tour the gardens and the house and learn about the genius who designed it.

4. Arlington National Cemetery. Each visitor to Arlington National Cemetery has a unique experience. People come to pay respects to departed loved ones and to visit the graves of prominent historical figures. Many Northern Virginia bed and breakfasts are a short drive from Arlington and Washington D.C.

5. Blue Ridge Parkway. Glorious any time of year, during fall foliage, winter snow, spring blooms, and long summer days.

As always, we hope you’ll decide to stay in Virginia bed and breakfasts as you travel throughout our lovely state.

Fall into a VA Shore Bed and Breakfast

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Wake up to a foggy sunrise over the Chesapeake Bay.

For many people, fall is a favorite time to travel to VA Shore bed and breakfasts. Charming villages along the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coast – some of the oldest in the country – positively explode with color and history. Temperatures are perfect for long beach walks. Holidays on the horizon give purpose to popping in out of shops. There is always something interesting to do or see when you visit the different areas of the VA Shore.

Discover the village of Onancock, on the Eastern Shore, and ride your bike from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Visit historic Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown in Tidewater, and learn what life was like for early 17th century settlers. Stay at an inn on the coast of the Chesapeake Bay and explore inlets, bays and coves by boat.

Take a break from your routine this fall and run away to a VA Shore bed and breakfast.What you do once you get here is up to you.