A walk in the parks
Mayor Doug Pons really enjoys getting outdoors at Waller Mill Park, a 2,705-acre retreat situated around a reservoir that was opened to the public in July 1972. The 360-acre lake is open for fishing, boating, pedal boating, canoeing, and kayaking, and features a tunnel connecting the upper and lower sections of the lake. Numerous picnic tables, picnic shelters, play fields, and playground equipment are nestled among the trees, providing scenic picnic areas. Located at the main entrance is the 1.5-acre dog park, the perfect place for the mayor to take his best friend, Willow, to stretch her legs. For more information call 757-259-3760 or visit williamsburgva.gov/rec.
Photo Ops in Yorktown
Kristi Olsen-Hayes at York County Economic and Tourism Development invites you to Visit Yorktown for some of the best selfie spots in the Historic Triangle. Join in the revolutionary conversation going on at Riverwalk Landing by snapping a photo with the life-size statues of Washington, Lafayette, De Grasse, and Rochambeau. Just steps away, share the love on social media by tagging #VisitYorktown when you post a selfie in front of the permanent LOVE letters, perfectly situated with the York River and Coleman Bridge in the background. Or stretch your legs and enjoy a stroll down the beautifully manicured Riverwalk while you take in some of the most scenic sunrises you’ll find anywhere – you might even be photo-bombed by a dolphin, ray, or sea turtle! Hidden across from the very popular Yorktown Beach is Cornwallis’s Cave – legend has it that the British General hid here during the bombardment. The Colonial National Historical Park says probably not, but it’s a fun story and a great selfie spot. There’s also a cannonball still lodged in the side of the Nelson House that sits on the corner of Main and Nelson Streets in the historic village. Come for the history and stay for the beauty – or vice versa. Find more information and inspiration at VisitYorktown.org.
Reconnecting with Nature and Faith
During her frequent walks on the Powhatan Creek Trail, Supervisor Ruth Larson pauses to contemplate one of her favorite things. The Church on the Main, a brick Anglican church built by the 1750s to serve James City Parish as replacement for the church on Jamestown Island, which had become difficult for communicants to reach. The Rev. James Madison (1749-1812) was its best-known rector, serving the church from about 1777 until it fell into disguise after the American Revolution and the disestablishment of the Anglican Church. By 1857 all aboveground traces of the church were gone. For more information call 757-259-5351 or https://jamescitycountyva.gov/635/Parks-Recreation