SMS and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Since we were in such a historic part of the country, we decided to check out the former site of Jamestown, the first permenent English colony in the U.S. SMS had been there when he was in junior high and remembered the glass blowing demonstration. I had never been and really didn’t know that much about it which led to the following encounter-
Upon following Google Maps to Jamestown, we pulled into a large parking lot for a museum. We walked inside, used the bathrooms, and then I went up to the ticket counter. I was pretty sure we weren’t at the Jamestown site but I wanted to know where to go and since it was already 3 p.m, I wanted to make sure we didn’t go to the wrong place.
Me: “Excuse me, but is this where I buy tickets to Jamestown?”
Ticket lady: “[Loud Audible Sigh] It’s been a long weekend. Jamestown DOESN’T EXIST!!! IT HASN’T BEEN HERE SINCE 1624!!!!”
Me (slightly taken aback): “Um, I’m sorry. But I thought there was a historic site to see?”
Ticket lady: “Look, this is Jamestowne with an ‘e.’ We’re a living history museum. The archeologic site of Jamestown (which doesn’t exist) is down the road.”
Me: “So, do I need to buy a ticket here?”
Ticket Lady: “No.”
Sheesh. What a weirdo! While I was talking to her, she had pulled out a laminated placard showing the difference between Jamestowne with an ‘e’ and Jamestown. Jamestown is run by the National Park Service, which is great since SMS and I have an annual pass. That meant we could get in for free, which was perfect since we didn’t have a lot of time.
First, we went to the glassblowing shop which had on-going demonstrations and was really warm from the incredibly hot oven in the center. This was delightful since it was so cold! We drove down to the Jamestown site proper, showed our pass, and walked to the artifact museum. Then, we walked around the fort which hadn’t even been excavated when SMS last visited. After looking at the fort that didn’t exist, we walked around the Newtown area, which we slightly regretted since it was so cold. But, hey, we were there so we had to see the sights!
We hopped in the car and had dinner at La Tienda, a Spanish tapas restaurant. It was delicious! I wished we had bigger appetites and/or a larger group because there were several dishes I wanted to try. But, while we were there, the berenjenas con miel and judiones fritos were particular highlights!
Other events from Thanksgiving weekend: I made a delicious but homely looking sweet potato pie. It suffered in comparison next to my friend’s Cheesecake Factory worthy dessert. Ah well.
Also, at a local restaurant, SMS had a fruit salad, Southern style: iceberg lettuce, canned fruit in syrup, and shredded cheddar cheese. We were both slightly confused. The restaurant is called The Grey Goose. The doorstop goose out front was missing its head. Apparently, this has been an ongoing saga where the head keeps getting knocked off despite trying to glue it back on. The owner has now given up, per a shamelessly eavesdropped conversation on my part.