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tall ships. Replicas of The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery—which sailed from England to Virginia in 1607— waited to be boarded. We roamed the cramped quarters of the ships and pretended to be sailors. The kids swabbed the deck with buckets of water pulled up from the sides of the ship. They sat in sailors’ bunks, climbed over cannons and ran their chubby fingers along miles of ropes and knots that held the sails. At James Fort, the educational play continued as we explored the intricate woodwork inside the church, peaked out the windows of the dwellings and weaved a fence with wooden planks. The kids took turns modeling the metal armor, playing period games, like ring-toss, and found the musket demonstrations thrilling. Our trek continued to the Riverfront Discovery Area where we scraped out tree trunks with chunky shells to make canoes. The hollowed-out logs, I mean, canoes, were big enough for our bunch to sit in and row out to sea—at least in the magical world that Jamestown created for them that day. History learned. A fun-filled day had by all. Mission accomplished. There is a café on site, but we chose to pack lunch and sat outside at the picnic tables they provide. As of this writing, tickets for one-time admission for children 5 and under are free; ages 6–12 are $6.50; and ages 13 and up are $14. Check out Jamestown’s web site for combination tickets that include other historical sites as well as seven-day discount passes. You can even follow them on their Facebook page, which contains handy event updates along with typical Facebook chats and fascinating photos. The less than two-hour, 100 mile drive from Fredericksburg makes this a good day trip. But if you find yourself with more time, there’s plenty to do in The Historic Triangle—that includes Jamestown, the Yorktown Victory Center which chronicles the American Revolution and, of course, Colonial Williamsburg—but you will need more time than one day. And I’d need lots more than two pages to tell you about it. — Lisa Ferreira

Jamestown is open daily from 9 a.m.—5 p.m. and until 6 p.m. from June 15—August 15 (closed Christmas and New Year’s Days). For further information visit www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement

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