Thursday, April 7, 2011

First Visit to Williamsburg, Virginia

On our journey home, Paul and I decided to spend a week in Williamsburg, Virginia. We had heard it was quite an interesting place to see and it was. On the first day of our visit, we were fortunate to see the Fifes & Drums March from the Capitol along Main Street of Colonial Williamsburg. This area is a restored Historic area of the city and was the centre of political events in Virginia leading to the American Revolution.

While touring the historic area, you travel back in time to the late 1700s and all volunteers and workers remain in character of that period. This lady was sitting outside the milliner and tailor building and another sitting in the window doing her stitching.

One of the weavers gave us a demonstration of how to spin yarn. It made me think of my school friend Linda, who is a current day weaver and lady of yarn. Some crafts don't change over time. Of course being Spring here in Virginia, the gardens were of great interest to me. We visited the Colonial Garden to enjoy the colourful blooms. This is Bruton Parish Church, which is still an active church, with a service every Sunday and housing special events. The history of this church was interesting with rules such as having to attend a service once a month or be punished. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson attended this parish.

Paul and I also took a tour of the Governor's Palace. Our tour guide was giving us a little history lesson before we enter the Palace.

At the entry was quite a large display of weapons which was very ornate.
The building was quite lovely with large sills, a crystal chandelier and ornate woodwork.

To end our first day of our visit in character of the historic period, we had dinner at the King's Arms Tavern. Although a pricey meal we enjoyed the total experience.

At the Visitor's Centre you have the opportunity to rent period costumes and many of the children do. Here outside the Tavern is a couple in period costume, waiting for their reservation.
The Tavern was quite lovely inside and Paul was reading the story of its history.
We were offered an appetiser of chopped Virginia Ham, corn relish and pickled watermelon rind, which was delicious.
Virginia is well known for its peanuts. There are 250/350 million pounds produced annually in the USA so when I saw peanut soup on the menu I decided to order it. Although delicious and I enjoyed my first experience very much, I found it quite rich and would limit my diet.
Our main meal was Virginia Ham, chicken breast with fruit sauce, corn stuffing, sweet potato and beans. It was an awesome meal.
While we enjoyed our meal, we were treated to music by a fiddler, who played a couple of Scottish tunes.
Yes there was also dessert included with our meal but we smartly took it home with us and enjoyed the pecan pie and rice pudding the next evening.

There was still lots more to explore at Colonial Williamsburg.

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