Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
72Trip End Aug 12, 2008
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We arrived at Colonial Williamsburg, near the University of William and Mary School of Law, around 12:30 and found ourselves driving in circles to find the town and then find parking. This is strange as Clark was reminiscing about his parents getting turned around here and driving by the sign for William and Mary College over and over and over again (in an RV) to the point they took a picture of the sign they had seen it so many times.
We finally found a spot to park all day and made our way through the town. Once again, with a pass, you could enter the various shops, churches, etc. that were restored to period and had a cast of characters in costume that played the roll of store keeper, blacksmith, bookbinder, etc. The kids were absolutely fascinated by some of the people, one being the wig shop. She was absolutely fabulous. She never lost character and would ask the men to pick out a wig(cost 20pounds) or prepare for their shaving or if you were a girl or a lady you might be interested in having your hair ironed with curls as it wasn't proper for women to show their hair then. Audrey was mesmerized and didn't want to leave her shop as the woman busied herself making a wig while talking to her customers. We visited Anderson's blacksmith. Interestingly enough, Clark's grandfather was a blacksmith and his shop looked very similar to the one we visited. The kids then enjoyed a shrub which now-a-days is called an slushy. We made our way to the old capital of Virginia and we were greeted by a gentleman who took us on a guided tour who would tell the story of the courthouse and the workings there before and after the war. Rusty got to be a juror as they acted out a trial. The bakery, situated behind the Tavern, provided many options of confections including Queens bread in which Clark partook. We quickly viewed the Apothecary with old and odd medical instruments on display
We thoroughly enjoyed Colonial Williamsburg and believe it gave us a pretty authentic glimpse into the lifestyle of the middle class and above of the 1700s.
Afterwords, we drove around the College briefly, not because we were lost, but because it was a very pretty and historic campus.
Finally, after dinner back at the kampground we enjoyed the customary campfire complete with s'mores.