Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Road Trip - Part III - The 18th Century

Firecrackinmama's World: Christmas Road Trip - Part IV - Inside Colonial Williamsburg

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has truly made Williamsburg one of the best places to visit over and over again. We started going to Williamsburg regularly when there was hardly anything to do except walk along the dirt streets using our imagination of what it may have been like and eating the fine food in the Taverns. However each time we returned to this experience new buildings had been restored and re-enactments of historical events became part of the program. Both volunteers and employees of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation step into their characters and interact with guests as though they were in the 18th century. So for those of you who might plan to go there, brush up on your history.

As you can see above the British were in control of Williamsburg but the colonists still decorated for Christmas.

Issues surrounding the Stamp Act were discussed everywhere around town.

In the picture below a young man walking by posed for his picture.

He was very much into his character. Between the appropriate 18th century apparel and historical knowledge each of the diverse people we met along the way naturally refreshed our memories of historical events that led to this great nation. We learned long ago that our kids loved the engaging events that immersed them into the times thus appreciating what they have now to a greater degree.

I recall one trip, and should find the pictures, when my mother and all three kids were selected to fire the cannon. Our youngest had on a Mickey Mouse shirt, therefore was called "rodent". I think my mother was called the "worm" while the other two had nicknames as well. To be honest if hubby reads this Blog I'll be back to put the correct information in it. For now it was a memory to behold. The four of them lined up behind the canon while the Sergeant yelled out commands and informed them of their duties. They each did as they were told stuffing whatever it was down into the canon, another using the long stick to push it down even further and then the firing of the canon. Maybe I shouldn't describe what I remember. It's definitely clearer in my mind. The kids and my mother couldn't wait to come back. I don't think they have that for folks anymore.

Back to our stroll. We slowly walked along taking in each of the structures and their variations in decorations.

The wreath was made from evergreens and fruit. We were told that Thomas Jefferson would have had a fit if he had seen these fruit wreaths hung. He was of the opinion that fruit was a valuable food and should be eaten not wasted on decorations.

Maybe if he had seen how beautiful they were he might have made an allowance.

We definitely had to check out the Governor's Palace. It sits at the end of a mall area majestically reaching up into the sky and this day the sky was beautiful.

In Christmas Road Trip - Part IV - I'll be covering "The 18th Century Inside". For now though I'll continue with our stroll through Colonial Williamsburg.

As you can see the streets are now surfaced which have probably been that way for the last couple of trips.

This picture brought back memories of another year when we visited during the summer months, my mother, the kids, hubby and myself were eating at King's Arms when a very nasty thunder storm came up. We had been seated and awaiting the arrival of the food when the electricity went out. Fortunately candles on tables were always lit but the kitchen ran on electricity. We were part of the last sitting to be served. The storm continued through dinner. Normally no cars were permitted on the Duke of Gloucester Street but that night because of the storm they were. Hubby and my oldest daughter ran through the storm to fetch the car and pick the rest of us up. It was still raining cats and dogs when we ran down the front steps and jumped into the mini van. One of my lasting memories was how muddy the street was - hence I guess they decided to pave it. However when we arrived back at the motel there was no electricity there either. To solve that problem they handed out glow sticks - the kids loved it!

The Capitol sits at the end of the Duke of Gloucester Street. Unfortunately when I took this picture it was raining but you can still get an idea of their decorations.

We passed the famous Raleigh Tavern on our way down to take the picture of the Capitol.

I only recall touring the inside of the Tavern once however behind the Raleigh Tavern is the best bakery in the world and a stop we make more then once. On this trip the kids placed their order before we left. To return without their goodies was not an option. Pretzel knots, cookies and root beer were among the requests.

We continued our stroll through the afternoon, broke for dinner and then resumed. The pictures really don't do justice to how beautiful the homes and businesses looked.

Dinner at Christiana Campbells

As we headed back to our bus stop, yes I did say bus stop, we happened to catch the end of the fife and drum parade.

This officer took off heading for a warm place. He said he was one very cold soldier and I have to say our entire stay was very cold. We waited for the rest of his corp.

We headed on back to the hotel for a good night's rest. Wait until you see tomorrow!

Still have to advertise my "Ghosts of the Revolution" 2010 calendar

For now have a Firecrackin Great Day!!!

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