Everything You Need to Know about visiting the Hermione in Yorktown

YOU GUYS the “Air-me-own” is finally here!


I’m not going to try to tell you what it is or why it’s important- lots of people have done a good job of that already. But I will give you the inside scoop on what there is to do in Yorktown! I went there this afternoon, here’s what I learned:

1) It’s pronouced “air-me-own”. At least according to the lady at the info tent!

2) Parking is a pain- just be patient, allow yourself plenty of time, and ask all the people in bright event staff tshirts for advice on where to park. The good news is, it’s free to park.

3) If you want to actually get ON the boat, please get there early in the morning. You need a (free) ticket to get on. Although they’re free tickets, you must pick them up there, in person. Also, you can only pick up your own tickets- you can’t pick up tickets for other people. The lady I talked to said that people started lining up at 6:30 am this morning– when we arrived at about 1:30 pm today they had already sold out for Saturday. They will start handing tickets out at 8am Sunday and the tours will be from 9am-4pm.

4) Get the bread and cheese from Crown Point Bread Co.! It’s super delicious- a really hearty, nutty bread and sharp Vermont cheddar. They drove down all the way from upstate New York to meet the ship- plus they have BY FAR the best tent, hands-down.




Each package of a hunk of bread and cheese is $5, and it’s TOTALLY worth it!

5) In the field by the Waterfront (where the Yorktown Farmer’s Market usually is), there are blacksmiths at work, there’s an exhibit about the ship, and there are a few reenactors who are happy to answer your questions and who have tons of fun toys to play with.



6) Besides the stuff by the waterfront, many of Yorktown’s museums are also open, and some of them are free. One is the York County Historical Museum– the museum is actually in the basement (where it is nice and cool and air-conditioned!) and there are docents and curators there who are really eager to tell you all about the artifacts they have there and what they can tell us about people’s everyday lives back in the day.

This is a cameo of the granddaughter of Admiral de Grasse on display at the Customs House on Main Street- check out her braid headband!

This is a cameo of the granddaughter of Admiral de Grasse on display at the Customs House on Main Street- check out her braid headband!

7) There’s a little art fair on Main Street called the Virginia’s Finest Fair. There’s handmade art, jewelry, furniture, and food- brisket sandwiches, popsicles, crepes, and kettle corn, among other delectables. There’s also a farmstand from Allen’s Farm near Williamsburg.

blue glass


Here’s the map of where L’Hermione will go next!Hermione route For an excellent detailed history of the story of this ship, Lafayette, and what its voyage meant for the Americans, go to the Journal of the American Revolution’s article, “Lafayette’s Second Voyage to America: Lafayette and L’Hermione.”

Here’s a link to the complete schedule of events for the remainder of today and tomorrow, and a couple of highlights below:

Saturday, June 6:

8:30 pm- Premiere of the one-act play “Lafayette”.

Sunday, June 7:

1:00 p.m. Lecture. Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette, will present “Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: Odyssey of an American Idol.”  Yorktown Victory Center.  Free and Open to the Public.


The ship sets sail on Monday, so tomorrow is your last chance to see it! Feel free to leave your tips in the comments below-

Sneak Peek: Thanksgiving Week

For many of us, we will spend this week traveling, eating, and talking to relatives we haven’t seen since last year. But, for the days you’re in town, here are some cool things to do right here in Williamsburg:


Featured Event This Week! 
(in other words, I will be there covering it for the blog, so come join if you want)

Trivia at Green Leafe – 8pm

Green Leafe

An oldie but a goodie. Questions are all written and hosted by local trivia buffs and the questions can be pretty hard- but hey, why do trivia if it’s not challenging? Usually there are 5 rounds: the 4th round is a picture round (you get a sheet of paper with pictures on it and have to identify the item/character/etc) and 5th round is a music round- hear the song, name the artist and title of the song. Also- Green Leafe runs burger specials on this night, they are $5 or $6. Fries are extra, though.

Wednesday and Friday, and then every day for awhile

Iceburg Skate Rink

Iceburg Skate Rink

Ice skating! (click on the link above for hours) I’ve heard it’s a synthetic rink, FYI . . .
Daily Admission (includes Skate Rental)
Child 5 and under: FREE
Youth 6-17 and Senior 55+: $5 for residents/ $7 for non-residents
Adult: $7 for residents/ $8

Thursday (and Friday and Saturday)

Food and Feasts of Colonial Virginia


Now, I have never been to this, but I have always wanted to go! Best of all, it’s FREE for Williamsburg/JCC/York County residents (bring your driver’s license with your address on it):

Long before microwaves, electric stoves and refrigerators, food was prepared in clay pots and iron kettles over hot coals and preserved by smoking, salt curing and pickling. This Thanksgiving holiday, explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

If you have been, please leave a short review in the comments- thanks!


Traditional Music for St. Andrew’s Day – 3pm


Scottish fiddle and guitar music by some of this area’s best traditional musicians (John Turner is awesome, if you haven’t heard him). With your Good Neighbor Pass, this *should* be $6 (regular price $8).

Also, Merchant’s Square will be positively hopping this weekend with things to do so- if you are raring to go for Christmas in Williamsburg, go and check out the market, all the pretty greenery and red ribbons, and the “A Christmas Carol”-in-a-box. If you are not ready for Christmas? Stay away- you’ve been warned!

Everyone please travel safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you! Especially my fabulous followers!