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Back in Old Virginia (Part 2: Yorktown)

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Yorktown lies at the end of the Colonial Parkway, which connects Colonial Williamsburg and the town of Yorktown. The parkway was constructed, I believe, in the 1930s.
(http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrid=16309) [virginia.org]

The parkway is quite lovely and relaxing to drive. It is basically a wide, two-laned road on which no large trucks may travel. It meanders along the York River, one of the many Virginia rivers flowing out into the Chesapeake Bay. It is scenic with no building structures along the way except for a few carefully placed markers telling about the native Indians who lived there when the first English arrived in 1607, and also about one or two early 17thC plantations that once worked that land. Today all are gone, and the Native Americans have since migrated to other parts not so far away. The father of Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan, was the powerful chief of a conderation of Indian tribes and nations in this part of North America. He, too, lived in this area. Some of the tribes were the Mattaponi, Pamunkey, and Chickahominy, to name a few. You can still find them and their reservations in eastern Virginia area today.

Yorktown itself is small and bucolic. A large marker erected to honor the end of the Revolutionary War is also there, not far from where Lord Cornwallis surrendered the British army after the French navy appeared on the horizon behind them on the day they had planned to attack Yorktown again. Without the French, the United States would have had a lot of trouble gaining independence at that time. The large marker honors French assistance and marks the Treaty of Paris, which formally ended the war and formally guaranteed independence.
(http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/milestones/paris/) [earlyamerica.com]

Yorktown suffered great damage during the seige that took place there, but a large number of the remaining houses are original. Others were built soon after the revolution. It is a quiet town, with fewer visitors tha in Williamsburg.

Yorktown is worth a visit, as is Jamestown, which lies nearby. Jamestown was the first capital of Virginia and also, of course, the first permanent English colony, settled in 1607.

(http://www.britishbattles.com/battle-yorktown.htm) [britishbattles.com]

One of the largest homes in old Yorktown

This is one of the handful of homes that were built in old Yorktown long after the revolution. It is a mix of several styles of architecture.

The York River with the Colonial Parkway behind the camera. I just couldn't put this into B&W. Enlarged is nicer.

One of several historic markers along the way. Oddly enough, although this is now called the York, in honor of the king's brother, there is another river due north which is also called the Pamunkey River. The Indian heritage still remains.

The flag hanging outside this private home is one of several different styles of revolutionary flags to be found during this era: Betsy Ross' design had not made its way through all the colonies, yet.

An original, early 17thC home in Yorktown.

A marker which refers to Powhatan /POW-a-tan/, father of Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe only a few years before she died of smallpox on board the ship, still in port in London, that was to take her back to her beloved Virginia. She is buried in Gravesend, England. She never came home. Her only son, Thomas, was brought back by his father, and raised his family near Richmond. John Rolfe was killed by Indians in the 1622 Massacre.

Yorktown: another variety of revolutionary flags. This one also happens to be very similar to the official state flag of Hawai'i today; that has no connection to the revolutionary flag.

Yorktown, early 17thC. This style of roof is called a “hip roof”.

Yorktown: private residence. Glazed brickwork. Pre-revolution.

Yorktown: these wonderful brick garden walls are found all over Colonial Virginia.

Marker erected in recognition of the Treaty of Paris and the cessation of fighting ending the Revolutionary War.

The bridge which leads from York County over to Gloucester County. The Chesapeake Bay is beyond. Some of the best freshwater and saltwater seafood you will find. (Especially the crabs!)

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    • # Eiram

      Very interesting post! I wonder how you managed to shoot so many shots without people? It gives me a kind of lonely feeling...:)

      2010.11.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kelly

      Great photos and information! Looks like it would be an interesting spot to visit :) I really like #4 and 6

      2010.11.11 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ray

      This is right in my back yard, so to speak. I grew up in Norfolk and as 4th graders we took field trips to Jamestown and Williamsburg. I'm glad you posted this wonderful set. I'm planning on going to Williamsburg to shot photo in the spring.

      2010.11.11 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lachio Chang

      这些老照片非常的美,美的令人窒息,美的令人想喊叫.使人想了解弗吉尼亚(Virginia/Va)和约克城(Yorktown)的历史.
      这些老建筑都使用了手工粘土烧制的砖和瓦,塔/碑/柱和雕塑都使用了人工开采的天然石材.房子建造的几何形状比例关系非常的合适,房子的门窗尺寸和位置对房屋的采光和通风效果也很好,房子的平面长宽比例和房屋高度比例使的房屋抗震性能好和比较坚固.房屋和周围的绿化可以使住的人有一个舒适/宁静/私秘的环境.
      这些照片从构图/取景的角度/周围环境的层次取舍都很好.给人以工整/严谨/舒服的感觉.
      Nice set !

      2010.11.10 Edited Reply Cancel