From Richmond to Jamestown and Williamsburg
Jack and Jackson both majored in history and I am a former high school history teacher, finding common ground for our excursions is usually as simple as looking to the past. When we are not exploring Florida middens and museums, our second choice for mini-vacations is discovering the sights of the historic state of Virginia.
The elegant Jefferson Hotel is a National Historic Landmark with nine of the original 1907 stained glass window still in tact.
Apparently visitors traveling from Florida brought back baby alligators and many found a home in a specially designed pond for them at The Jefferson Hotel. Today, only replica’s greet you upon your arrival to the hotel.
Remodeled several times, today you will find the luxury hotel a tribute to the past with the convinces of the present. It is now one of my top 5 favorite hotels in North America.
TJ’s Southern bistro is true to its name serving regionally inspired dishes and true comfort food.
Peanut Soup is something I like to order in Virginia, but I’ll take boiled peanuts any day.
Saint John’s Episcopal Church is the oldest and most historic church in the city of Richmond.
The World’s Oldest Ham… cured in 1902, is on display at the Smithfield Museum and the Ham Cam shares it with the world.
When I showed Jackson the world’s oldest peanut he asked if Jimmy Carter grew it… my friend Lisa just simple said “Who wants to see an old peanut?”
We could see the shores of the Jamestown settlement when we crossed the river from Smithfield to Williamsburg.