James River sunset near Jamestown. Immigrants arriving to the New World would’ve welcomed this sight after their long trans-Atlantic journey. “Heaven and earth,” wrote John Smith in praise of Virginia, the colony he helped found, “never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation.”
Jamestown docks played as a busy seaport in the opening scenes of the movie. Ships are a century earlier than our time period but with creative set dressing and crafty directing this setting worked splendid for us.
Yorktown, VA. Where we turned the world of King George upside down, of course that was 25 years after our story. Various street scenes here played as Philadelphia.
Wren Building, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Second oldest educational institution in America, in the movie it plays as the Philadelphia State House, better known as Independence Hall.
“We know you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in these colleges. And the maintenance of our young men, while with you, would very expensive to you. We’re convinced, therefore, that you mean to do us good by your proposal, and we thank you heartily. But you who are so wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things. And you will not, therefore, take it amiss if our ideas of this kind of education happens not to be the same with yours. We have had some experience of it. Several of our young people were formerly brought up in the colleges of the northern province. They were instructed in all your sciences. But when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy, spoke our language imperfectly, and therefore were neither fit for hunters, warriors, nor councilors. They were totally good for nothing. We are, however, not the less obliged for your kind offer, though we decline accepting. To show our grateful sense of it, if the gentlemen of Virginia shall send us a dozen of their sons, we would take great care in their education, instruct them in all we know, and make men of them.” -Onandaga Chief Canassatego, 1744
“The air is sweet and clear, the heavens serene”.
Settlers Fort, Explore Park. “Forting up” was an expression well-known to early settlers and militia along the frontier. It meant to gather in, to close the doors and gates, and prepare for the worst.
“We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines within,
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,
Pioneers! O pioneers!”