The whole of the United States has Thanksgiving on the mind over this long weekend, and the Southeast is no exception.
That said, the occasional deliberately-thinking Southerner will tell you – usually in hushed tones – that a thanksgiving celebration took place in the Jamestown settlement near the mouth of Virginia’s James River more than a decade before the Plymouth Puritans were feasting up north. Now cultural myths are near-impossible to debunk, so we won’t even try.
But, the Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum that makes a great travel destination. You can check out the museum’s main brochure here.
The area, east of Petersburg and northwest of Hampton and Newport News, has quite a few other attractions including Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, the Yorktown Victory Center, plus tons of shopping. A visit to Jamestown, Williamsburg, and the surrounding area is a perfect getaway with the kids, and is also a popular field trip destination for schools across North Carolina and Virginia.
And thanks to the Jamestown Settlement website for the photo!
Relax…you can get there from here!