Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia 11/10/2013

NOVEMBER 10, 2013 (Sunday)

 

We slept in until about 9:30 AM. When we did get up we discovered there was sunshine outside. We were wanting to get out into it and enjoy the day. We left the “home” around 10:30 AM and drove around for a little bit, trying to get our bearings.

We will do the Art Museum tomorrow.

We will do the Art Museum tomorrow.

At around 11:00 AM, we had lunch at Chipotle. Surprised at how different guacamole and sour cream can be on the East Coast. It was good but very different flavors.

Nice Brunch here.  They opened at l lam.

Nice Brunch here. They opened at l lam.

After lunch we went to Colonial Williamsburg. We are wanting to see and do as much with our three day pass. We started off on a tour of the Capitol, then went to a tour of a coffee house, an apothecary place, bakery, silversmith, wigmaker, bindery, blacksmith, and then to the magazine place where they store the gun powder and the weapons. Everything was so interesting and really made you think of what it must have been like back in the 1700’s. Really enjoying it here. We were hoping to see more but we were so tired by 3:00 PM that we got on the bus and took it around to see if and where we wanted to go. 

The Capitol of Virginia in 1770's.

The Capitol of Virginia in 1770’s.

The Capitol, during and after the revolution.  Right side was legislative and left side was executive and judicial.  In the middle was meeting rooms.

The Capitol, during and after the revolution. Right side was legislative and left side was executive and judicial. In the middle was meeting rooms.

 

Capitol building with round walls on two corners.

Capitol building with round walls on two corners.

Excellent guide.  Explained things happening and related it to today.  Very sharp.

Excellent guide. Explained things happening and related it to today. Very sharp.

Not sure why I am taken with these hinges.  I think the metal was so poor that the reinforcing bars were needed to handle the weight of the heavy wooden doors.

Not sure why I am taken with these hinges. I think the metal was so poor that the reinforcing bars were needed to handle the weight of the heavy wooden doors.

 

Executive offices.

Executive offices.

 

The jailers house, with jail attached on the side.

The jailer’s house, with jail attached on the side.

So, if you were found guilty of manslaughter and shown leniency, you were branded with an "M" on your palm.  If ever charged again, there was no mistaking that you had been given a second chance and there would not be a third.

So, if you were found guilty of manslaughter and shown leniency, you were branded with an “M” on your palm. If ever charged again, there was no mistaking that you had been given a second chance and there would not be a third.

 

You were branded with a "T" if you were convicted of thievery. I noted the black portion of the handle where it had been heated many times.

You were branded with a “T” if you were convicted of thievery. I noted the black portion of the handle where it had been heated many times.

Lex insisting it would not fit around her neck.

Lex insisting it would not fit around her neck.

 

The privy.

The privy.

A bed.  We assume they were given a tick of straw.

A bed. We assume they were given a tick of straw.

 

We think this cell was for the max B's and above.  Double bars on the window and no escape through the toilet.

We think this cell was for the max B’s and above. Double bars on the window and no escape through the toilet.

Beloved daughter.

Beloved daughter.

 

This guy was great.  He told us current as well as historical stories.  We had many questions which he answered very well.  88 employees live at the village. 2100+ employees.  Employed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  He worked here since he was 5.  Gets in character and is essentially an actor. Most enjoyable.

This guy was great. He told us current as well as historical stories. We had many questions which he answered very well. 88 employees live at the village. 2100+ employees. Employed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He worked here since he was 5. Gets in character and is essentially an actor. Most enjoyable.

The coffee house.  A character completely in character.  She was funny and excellent.

The coffee house. A character completely in character. She was funny and excellent.

Chocolate drink.  Thick, not overly sweet, but definitely like a syrup.  Interesting.

Chocolate drink. Thick, not overly sweet, but definitely like a syrup. Interesting.

Tea, nice and tasty.

Tea, nice and tasty.

Another wonderful character, the proprietors wife.  She was full of wonderful witticisms.

Another wonderful character, the proprietor’s wife. She was full of wonderful witticisms.

Apothecary.

Apothecary.

Lots of tinctures.

Lots of tinctures.

 

Tools to assist in medical problems.

Tools to assist in medical problems.

 

 A finish hammer, highly polished, leaving highly smooth finish.

A finish hammer, highly polished, leaving highly smooth finish.

There were many things for sale at the silversmiths.

There were many things for sale at the silversmiths.

The fellow is holding a whoop that keeps the dress of the hips of a woman.

The fellow is holding a hoop that keeps the dress of the hips of a woman.

The purple apron-ed dress in the cabinet is the type that sits comfortably off the hips.

The purple apron-ed dress in the cabinet is the type that sits comfortably off the hips.

The wig shop.

The wig shop.

A work wagon outside the blacksmiths.

A work wagon outside the blacksmiths.

Blacksmith shop.

Blacksmith shop.

Blacksmith at work on a piece of iron.

Blacksmith at work on a piece of iron.

The book binder.  The pages folded and in the press behind him.

The book binder. The pages folded and in the press behind him.

The armory and powder magazine.

The armory and powder magazine.

The lock on the magazine door.

The lock on the magazine door.

Spiral staircase leading to the Armory.

Spiral staircase leading to the armory.

Powder storage.

Powder storage.

Armory lock.

Armory lock.

The armorer, explaining how the rifle is loaded and fired.

The armorer, explaining how the rifle is loaded and fired.

A cannon, small but, deadly.

A cannon, small but deadly.

Cannon balls.

Cannon balls.

Swords.

Swords.

It's called a wall cannon because it is so big the shooter has to rest the end on a wall to shoot it.  Accurate at 300 yards.

It’s called a wall cannon because it is so big the shooter has to rest the end on a wall to shoot it. Accurate at 300 yards.

These were authentic, dating back to early 1700's.

These were authentic, dating back to early 1700’s.

Cartridge bags hanging on the wall.  Replica guns on the rack.

Cartridge bags hanging on the wall. Replica guns on the rack.

Lexi wanted to go home so Michael and I thought we would all walk back to our “home” and then Michael and I would get in the car and go to the art museum and then do some shopping in merchant’s square area. Plans changed, however, because when we got back home, we were all so tired that we just rested up.  Michael and Lexi went to the grocery store to get things for dinner and for the week. We’re hopeful we’ll get to see the museum, a plantation, and a few other places tomorrow before wearing out.

Lex and I made a food run.  I am getting quite a collection of saver cards from supermarkets.

Lex and I made a food run. I am getting quite a collection of saver cards from supermarkets.

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

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