Today’s post comes from Jim Zeender, Senior Registrar in the National Archives Exhibits Program in Washington, DC.
In early September I had the pleasure of taking a train to Williamsburg, Virginia.
Visitors at the Muscarelle Museum of Art Exhibit in Williamsburg, VA, November 7, 2016. (Photo Courtesy of the Muscarelle Museum of Art)
I have taken trains to Philadelphia, New York, and New Haven numerous times. Overseas, I have been on trains in England, France, Austria and Switzerland. However, I had never taken a train in a southerly direction here in my home country.
As we rolled slowly out of Union Station through downtown Washington, DC, and across the Potomac River, we had great views of the monuments.
Our first stop was Alexandria, boyhood home of Robert E. Lee and location of the first Union soldier killed in the Civil War.
This Amtrak regional train continues on to Williamsburg via Fredericksburg, passing various Civil War battlefields, Richmond (the capital of the Confederacy), and stops in between. Instead of the industrial north, I saw the rolling hills and woods of Virginia, once roamed by the first Americans.
The purpose of the trip was to see the exhibition, “Building the Brafferton: Founding, Funding and Legacy of the American Indian School” at the Muscarelle Museum of Art on the campus of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.