Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Williamsburg, VA

DQ is obsessed with the Colonial Times - she loves Petticoats and Bonnets, Old English, ProperTea Parties, Felicity and Elizabeth, Fifes and Drums, The Revolutionary War, John Smith and Pocahontas and all things George Washington.  It's not surprising that this time period in history is mine and CD's favorite as well.  When it comes to love of American History we're three peas in a pod.  

We surprised the kids this weekend with a last-minute mini vacay to Williamsburg, VA.  It was tiring and there was too much to see in the two days we had, but we had a blast. 

The girls got to dress up in simple but traditional colonial outfits on Saturday (I think this was their favorite part) and they got to ride a bus around town (another favorite and a first -they're sheltered).  

All the people who worked there were in character (so cool!) and most actually rented/lived right there in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg in some of the historical houses not open to the general public (super cool!).  Being able to visit traditional working shops like the blacksmith or the shoemaker and watching them do their trade made you feel like you were actually in a different time period. The characters weren't just pretending to make shoes, tools, or saddles, they were actually doing it right before your eyes!  

Fifers and Drummers

The Gardens at the Governor's Palace were absolutely spectacular.

We visited Bruton Parish Church - the first Angelican Church built in 1660 in Middle Plantation (aka Williamsburg).  Many Patriots attended Bruton Parish Church - among the men of the Revolution who attended were Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Richard Henry Lee, George Wythe, Patrick Henry, George Mason and John Tyler.   We got to sit in some of their assigned pews!

Sent to the Stockades. He he he.

My family of monkeys relaxing after a long day of walking and sightseeing shortly before heading home.

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