Hi! My name is Conner V., and I am the reporter for the second day of our Williamsburg trip.
Today on our trip, we drove to Richmond to see a re-enactment of the 2nd Virginia Convention at St. John’s Episcopal Church. This is the actual church where Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech was given. The actors in olden day clothing pretended to be some of our most famous Americans such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Watching this presentation made me feel strengthened that I am an American and proud that these men all worked for my freedom. It also made me realize that sometimes war is the only answer to earn this freedom.
Next we drove on to Charlottesville where we had lunch at the historic Michie Tavern. We enjoyed a real Southern meal of fried chicken and black eyed peas! I also enjoyed shopping here and seeing lots of handmade crafts and toys and even bought a very cool fountain pen as a souvenir. After shopping, we drove up to Monticello and took a tour of the famous home of Thomas Jefferson. I was very amazed and impressed that Thomas Jefferson was interested in so many different things. I really liked all of his gadgets that he invented like the polygraph which helped him duplicate what he was writing. He also invented the bed in the wall which let him enter a different room on each side of the bed! That night we ate dinner at the Seasons Restaurant in downtown Williamsburg. After dinner, we went to an African American Music program where we formed a big circle around a bon fire and sang and danced and learned about the lives of slaves during the 1600’s.
From our tours today, I learned that music was extremely important in the lives of the slaves. It helped them to keep a rhythm while they were doing their work such as farming. It also helped them with their sorrows by bringing comfort during sad times. I also learned that Thomas Jefferson built his house around classical Roman styling. He was the first person to use domes in a house in America which is what makes it so different and beautiful.
This has been the most amazing trip so far and makes me really happy that I have returned to my country’s birthplace to see what life was really like back then.