Colonial VA 2023

American Revolution Museum

Day 5

Today was the final day of our trip to Virginia’s Historic Triangle. This morning, we checked out of our Airbnb, loaded the cars, and headed out for breakfast.


We decided to go back to Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters and Petite Cafe for breakfast and coffee. Breakfast was relatively small; most of us got blueberry turnovers, with a couple bombalini on the side (this time one vanilla- and one Nutella-filled). While waiting for and consuming our breakfast, we sat upstairs in one of the cafe’s historic rooms.

American Revolution Museum

Morgan and Faith stayed at the cafe to hang out a little longer, and Cody and I drove over to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The indoor section of the museum is generally divided into 5 sections:

  1. The British Empire and America
  2. The Changing Relationship – Britain and North America
  3. Revolution
  4. The American People
  5. The New Nation

We watched two different films at the museum; both were very well-made and informative.

The outdoor section of the museum has two sections:

  1. Continental Army Camp
  2. Revolution-Era Farm

The camp had a musket-firing demonstration, exhibits of how the camp would operated, and some replicate tents and building you could go inside.

The farm section was a working recreation of an 18th century farm from this area, complete with garden, kitchen, smokehouse tobacco barn, and a farm cat.

It was really interesting to see how the farm operated, especially the preserving, drying, and curing processes. They also were growing an intriguing selection of heirloom plants and herbs. I made lots of notes and took plenty of pictures for inspiration in case we ever have a small homestead/farm.


After finishing up at the museum, we drove over to Williamsburg, making a last-minute late lunch reservation en route. Our eatery of choice was Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill, a Williamsburg staple. For an appetizer, we split a hot oyster sampler, with baked oysters (seasoned crabmeat, country ham, and breadcrumbs), southern baked oysters (surry sausage, fresh tomatoes, and pimento cheese), and oysters Rockefeller. We also got an order of warm creamy pesto crab dip with homemade pita.

For the main meal, we all got the same thing: a “double crab” sandwich, which was the lunch special. It was a giant crab cake with crab salad on top, and came with a side salad or fries. The meal was delicious, and a great value. The crab cake sandwich wasn’t as good as what I’d gotten in Norfolk, but it had twice the meat in it for less money.


After lunch, we parted ways for the journey home. Faith and I stayed on the road until Winston-Salem, where we stopped at Trader Joe’s to buy some groceries and get a snack for dinner. We bought some grab-and-go charcuterie packs for dinner, and then headed back to Boone, stopping in Wilkesboro to buy petrol.

The Best Things we Saw Today


The best thing I saw today was… “the farm and garden at the American Revolution Museum”.

The best thing I ate today was… “pita bread at lunch”.


The best thing I saw today was… “the farm and garden at the museum”.

The best thing I ate today was… “the fresh pita bread at Barrett’s”.


There will be another trip coming soon, so keep an eye out for that!

– The Churches and McKinneys

2 Responses

  1. Everything about the farms/farming and their jobs was so interesting. Sights/scenery were beautiful-a lovely day. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The best part about the cat was his name, Rochambeau! For those unaware, the Comte de Rochambeau was the general who led the French forces at the battle of Yorktown.

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