To Williamsburg! I haven't been here since I was in fifth grade. What I remember most was that we came with no coats (because it was late spring) and that my father had to shell out for coats for all of us because it was so cold. I guess I'm cursed because the weather was cold and rainy again this time. But occasionally, as occurred this entire trip, the sun came out and thus my camera. Just remember the good parts right? Williamsburg is one mile long and three quarters of a mile wide. I'm not sure how we walked ten miles, but we did. How I loved the theater of it all! Thank you to all the actor/guides/historians/interpreters. I loved hearing the history and the back and forth between you and your audience. Don't miss the print shop. It is the best stop in the whole place. The actor/printer/guide there was terrific! He never stopped asking questions or talking...and we stayed quite awhile. I was impressed. The wig shop was right up there in my favorites. Where did the phrase "powder room" come from? It was where the men went to powder their wigs. Ugh, can you imagine? Puff, puff, puff color all over your wig, shoulders and clothes. Some of those wigs were extreme and depending on what they were made of were very expensive. So I guess things haven't changed much as far as how much we will spend to fit in and look good. I loved the reconstruction of the capital, which was our first stop. Could I have voted back then? No. In fact no one in the whole room of approximately 50 people met the criteria. And yet these wealthy privileged people were willing to give all that up, give their lives, because their rights were being taken away. This is our heritage. Don't let anyone take your rights away. At least that's part of the story, but don't forget that all that was predicated on the fact that we required the help of the British and then literally wouldn't pay the bill when it was due. So the British sought payment by taxation instead...which seems reasonable actually. Kinda puts a different spin on the tale doesn't it? Also really enjoyed the Milliners shop and the Governor's Palace gardens. Also don't miss the museum. It was a highlight for me. It looks pretty small, but most of it is underground and just fantastic. The area upstairs dedicated to information about the insane asylum was tortuous. But I admit I was surprised at the compassion evident in the doctor's notes. In the actual art museum the paintings displayed were a highlight because they focused on the artist, not the sitter. Yeeeesssss! Loved it. Very nice little town too by the way and school is over so it was pretty quiet. Back to my brushes.
"I desire that you remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors." - Abigail Adams