Monday, July 13, 2009

Visit to Colonial Williamsburg

After spending 4 days at the United Methodist Conference in Norfolk, we decided to spend a couple days visiting Colonial Williamsburg. We figured this was just one last extension of our anniversary celebration. I realize that we've been celebrating for a month now, but I figure Joanne deserves stretching it out a bit after 38 years.
Colonial Williamsburg is one of our favorite places to visit. We have a come here to celebrate a number of anniversaries. There was one time when I asked Joanne what she would like to do for our anniversary. She told me she would like to go out to eat. So, I made the mistake of asking her where she would like to go to eat. She smiled and said Shields Tavern at Colonial Williamsburg. So we drove 4 hours from Lynchburg to Williamsburg, ate a fine dinner, and then drove 4 hours home.
Now, I realize that some people actually have been to real palaces or may live in countries that have them. But, this is the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. It may not impress Queen Elizabeth, but I bet it made the early colonials take a step back.
The entryway and stairway of the Palace is loaded with swords, muskets, and pistols. You can imagine the intimidation factor for guests.

The furnishing seem a bit sparse, but again for colonial times they were rather grand.
The palace gardens are immaculate. There are benches placed throughout the gardens where you can just sit and enjoy. It is one of the few spots that seem cool in Williamsburg during the summer.

Above is the tiered vegetable garden for the Palace. The kitchens are at the top of the hill. There was a lady in the kitchen baking and it smelled really good. She was preparing foods that would have been eaten in the 1780's and prepared them in the manner they would have done it then.

This is the magazine, where muskets and gun powder were stored. The majority of the muskets on display, there are hundreds, in the magazine were given by Queen Elizabeth on one of her visits to Colonial Williamsburg.

There are reenactors all over the place, who portray life during the 1780's. They stay in character when you talk to them. It can get very confusing and amusing to watch someone try to talk to them who doesn't quite realize what is going on.
They have numerous carriages that people can take a ride in if they get tired of walking.

Joanne always makes sure that we search out the sheep.

The way I like to visit Colonial Williamsburg is to just find a seat in the shade or in a garden. From there you can watch people, read a book, take a nap, or even imagine yourself being a resident of Colonial Williamsburg.

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