I meant to say Jamestown. Yeah, that's it.
We got started today with the plan to get to Monticello, but the weather check revealed showers and thunderstorms moving in from the West. The coast, however, would be sunnier. So we did a last minute change of plans and turned east. I think we made the right call.
Jamestown is the first permanent English settlement in the United States. We find important and charismatic historical figures there like John Smith and Pocahontas. There was starvation, cannibalism, tragedy and triumph. The archaeological history is dense there too, with many artifacts and records from the early 1600's. We came to Virginia largely for history. It made sense to start at the beginning.
We passed through the visitor center and gathered the required materials for our junior rangers to complete for their junior ranger badges and found the smashed penny souvenir machine (our collection is the envy of all who see it). Then we crossed the pedestrian bridge over the swamp and into the park where we were greeted by the Washington Monument.