Saturday, September 11, 2010
The Chance, part 3
Now knowing a little more to the history behind the plantation, I am not so amazed it has a national park quality museum hidden amongst its treasures. The purpose of the museum is not to showcase life on the plantation, but actually to predate even that old history farther back to the initial settlement on this property, called Martin’s 100, in the early 1600’s.
I must say, it was very exciting to gain entry to such a building and have it, once again, all to ourselves. No pictures of other tourists; no having to crane our necks around groups of others to see objects or read the displays. A singular experience for sure!
I always figure it’s a little boring when blogs go into endless history about a place; I like my blog to focus more on the photos and my impressions of the experience so if you want the exacting history behind the plantation and museum its but a click away at Google.
We had recently viewed the artifact museum at Jamestown National Park (which does not allow any cameras) and this one was every bit as thorough and well done, but probably to be expected with Rockefellers name on it. What follows are just a smattering of pictures with the important thing being that many artifacts shown were dug on the property as archeologists researched the history of the original settlement known as Wolstenholme Towne, an original land grant given to investor’s of the Virginia Company of London. Once again, some of the original photographs we found inside the mansion brought light to some of the excavations.
In summary, we greatly enjoyed our day exploring Carter’s Grove Plantation. Yes, at one point for numerous years this plantation was open to the public, but hasn’t been since 2007. We felt very privileged to be granted the opportunity for our totally private tour and run of the place, and it will always remain a stellar highlight of our travel memories!