It’s Wanderlust Wednesday! This week, while we are wandering off to our next (and final!) wedding of 2012, I am sending you back in time to the 1700’s to Williamsburg, Virginia!
This past summer Coach and I went to the revolutionary epicenter of America, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, one of our favorite touristy-type spots. Anything you want to learn about colonial life in Revolutionary times, you will find it here in intricate detail,
where actors and performers portray colonial men and women working and living as they did in the 1700’s, in startlingly realistic fashion.
Stroll down the Duke of Gloucester Street, which appears as it did in the 1700’s, and you will find most shops and taverns lovingly restored and maintained through the efforts of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
This is one of our favorite shops, owned by Mr. Prentis,
a purveyor of authentically fine colonial goods.
Since there is so much rustic architecture and beautiful hand-wrought brick and iron works, I decided to attempt to photograph the alphabet letters that spell Williamsburg. Not as easy as one might think! So use your imagination as I take you on the tour…
ig Makers Shop. These two lovely ladies patiently answered questions about where and when wigs were made and worn…by the colonial men!
ron Works were being created in the Blacksmith’s Shop, where despite the blazing heat and the roaring fires, the workers answered questions from the crowd.
Throughout Williamsburg you can see their handiwork, like this beautiful garden gate at the Governer’s Palace.
ivestock abound throughout Williamsburg, and can be found pulling carts and supplies.
When they weren’t working, they were resting behind post and rail fences, munching on lush green pastures.
ittle Lambs having their lunch-baaah!
nspired signs decorate the buildings, telling the story of the offerings inside. This mug of ale beckons the thirsty traveler into Chownings Tavern.
rchaeological dig sites spotted behind the buildings. Since Williamsburg has so much history buried beneath it’s pathways, dig sites are set up to unearth treasures from the 1700’s.
Many of the items for sale in the local shops, like this blue Delft jug
these salt and pepper vessels
and this politically-inspired teapot, are replicas of period pieces discovered under the ground. (you’ll have to ask Coach about the Stamp Act)
illinery Shop. These ladies spend their days stitching and creating hand-sewn dresses, skirts and accessories.
tomping the clay to created the thousands of bricks used annually to build and maintain the streets and pathways. Many of the characters that perform in the town are actually students at the College of William and Mary, whose campus sits adjacent to Williamsburg Proper.
irds for pie-baking. Four and twenty at least!!
nder the hot summer sun, women wore these colorful straw bonnets to keep cool and protected.
einactments are performed throughout the day, as soldiers and town folk tell the story of the days leading up to the American Revolution.
loves from the Milliner’s Shop, worn by the town’s gentrified elite.
So that was my walking tour, sharing some of my fav pics from Williamsburg. If you have an interest in American History, and you have the opportunity, Williamsburg Virginia is a must-see! Have a revolutionary day! Susan