220px-Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull 1806

Your guide today is Alexander Hamilton.

Day 9: Williamsburg - Yorktown - Monticello - Michie Tavern - Alexandria, VA

The first stop this morning is Yorktown, VA. In 1781 this strategic place and battlefield was the stage were a British army commanded by General Cornwallis was forced to surrender to General Washington’s Army and French forces led by Comte de Rochambeau. This was the last major land battle and the victory that secured independence for the United States and significantly changed the course of world history. Since we are nearing the end of the tour and at the end of the war, we pay homage to the brave patriots at the Yorktown Battlefield Surrender Field before we head west to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence and third President of the Unite States.

Before visiting Monticello, we have a stop for lunch. We will be welcomed at Michie Tavern and will be oriented through its history by taking a brief tour of the tavern followed by a dance class at the Ballroom where we will dance a lively colonial reel. Michie Tavern is a historic landmark and recreates 18th century tavern life and lets us experience a taste of the 18th century. We will enjoy a delicious lunch offering the best country fried chicken you ever had in your life, accompanied with mashed potatoes with gravy, beats, green beans, stewed tomatoes, cole slow, black eyed peas, corn bread, muffins, peach cobbler for dessert and to drink fresh apple cider or soft drinks.  

After this plentiful lunch, we visit the house that Thomas Jefferson designed as we discuss colonial architecture and the live of slaves in colonial Virginia. Jefferson was a student of the enlightenment and could not live without books. We will pay our respects at his grave before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of the University of Virginia. At Monticello, Jefferson accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago, so as we shall dine at the base of Jefferson's "little mountain".  

In the afternoon drive north to Alexandria, VA. This is our last night of tour so we will enjoy a farewell dinner at Gadsby's Tavern. Overnight in Alexandria (B,L,D).

Day 10: Alexandria, VA

End of tour and services. Flight home. (B).




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