Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Williamsburg, Virginia

We got to Anvil Campground Monday afternoon after staying overnight at a rest stop . It is a passport America campground and so is much cheaper than we have been paying lately.  We had just set up when our neighbor noticed our door was open and warned us that there are a lot of stink bugs here. Yikes, we thought we were just about rid of those we got in Washington DC. We quickly closed the door and will be careful as long as we are here. We talked with the neighbors awhile and then went in and had dinner and looked through our brochures of the area to make plans for tomorrow. Colonial Williamsburg is just minutes away from the campground and we decided to start there tomorrow.

We got up early (Not) and Joe did some work and then we made our way to Colonial Williamsburg after purchasing tickets at the campground store. We got 7 day tickets that also includes visits to Jamestown Settlement and York Town, two other historical sites. We are still amazed at all the history of the areas we have visited so far in the east and now the south. Colonial Williamsburg has been restored to 18th century authenticity with many original houses in the area. There are many gifted character interpreters like George Washington, Patrick Henry and many other everyday people of that time. There are many reenactments during the day such as one we saw in front of the actual Richard Charlton's Coffeehouse which in 1765 was a center of political debate. We heard the royal governor, George Mercer, Virginia's appointed stamp distributor and gentlemen of property all converge to discuss the stamp crisis. Also a loyalist mother warns her daughter that her father's loyalty to the British King may make the family a target for the growing violence of American protest. There are also evening programs where you can have a conversation with President Washington or listen to a concert of music of that day.

Governor's Palace

Weapons that were on the walls of the entry way of the Palace

Tour guide who told us what life was like living in the Palace and the city at the time

We walked through the streets walking by some of the 300+ year old historic houses and shops and taverns. We then watched the reenactment I mentioned before.   


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