About the Williamsburg Area
History, Things to See and Do with your family
Visit Williamsburg Web Site:
Plan to arrive before the Reunion and plan a mini vacation with your family. Check out the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance at www.visitwilliamsburg.com.
This link will take you to things to see and do in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestown, Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown Victory Center, Historic Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and More…or, you may navigate directly to these different web sites by clicking the links near the bottom of this page.
Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia:
Sunday afternoon, June 15th, tour Castlewood, the home built by Parke Poindexteraround 1816. Not included in your Reunion package, seprate sign up required. DETAILS
465 Bacon’s Castle Trail, Surry, Virginia 23883
Registered as a Historic Place in America and the Commonwealth of Virginia. With its cruciform shape, triple chimneys and curvilinear gables, Bacon's Castle is a rare surviving example of Jacobean architecture in America. Built in 1665, the house was home to a prosperous planter, Arthur Allen. Allen also planted a garden adjacent to his house for the use of his family and household. The house passed to Major Arthur Allen at his father's death. A supporter of the colonial governor and member of the House of Burgesses, Allen was driven from his house in 1676 when Nathaniel Bacon and his men staged what came to be known as Bacon’s Rebellion. The home has since been known as Bacon's Castle.
Bacon's uncle, another Nataniel Bacon, was a shipping partner with our immigrant, George Poindexter, according to research by the PDA.
Captain Joseph Poindexter’s Plantation Home and Cemeteries, Lynchburg, Virginia
There are cemeteries where many Poindexter’s of the Captain Joseph’s branch have ancestors buried, including the Captain himself and several homes built by Joesph and his family.
- Locust Grove, Joseph's city manor house in Lynchburg was demolished in 2006. We do have a picture of it on the PDA web site.
- You can drive to Waverly and other Poindexter homes and cemeteries, including Joseph's Whipping Creek Plantation graveyard where he is buried. We have a day-long driving tour on the PDA web site.
See where American independence was won at the Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service as part of the Colonial National Historical Park. Here on October 19, 1781, British forces under Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French armies led by General George Washington, concluding the battle that signaled the beginning of the end of the fight for American independence.
Busch Gardens Theme Park:
Busch Gardens has an exciting lineup of events planned for 2008. From concerts to interactive animal and landscaping weekends, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. The world’s most beautiful theme park also is celebrating several milestones in ’08, including the 30th anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster; the second year of Griffon, the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coaster; and the 10th season of Howl-O-Scream, the park’s annual fright fest.
At Jamestown Settlement visitors are immersed in the world of America’s first permanent English colonists and the Powhatan Indians they encountered. The expansive indoor museum complex brings history to life through a 23-minute dramatic introductory film, "1607: A Nation Takes Root."
Founded in 1607, some 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Jamestown served as the capital of Virginia throughout the 17th century and saw the establishment of the language, customs, laws and government practiced in our nation today. Today, the National Park Service and APVA Preservation Virginia preserve and interpret our nation's roots at Historic Jamestowne, site of America's first permanent English settlement.
Yorktown Victory Center:
To gain an understanding of events that led to America's war for independence and the impact of the war upon ordinary men and women, start your tour at the state-operated Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution.
Before the cannon fire on the battlefields and the forming of a new nation, there was Yorktown. Once a thriving seaport home to thousands, Yorktown welcomed hundreds of ships a year importing and exporting?cargo between the colonies and England.
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello:
Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years. The Monticello plantation of 5,000 acres was a center of agriculture and industry, and was home not only to the Jefferson family, but to workers, black and white, enslaved and free. The gardens at Monticello were a botanic showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world.