Jury Duty

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Colonial KOA

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Monday, July 7, 2008

We left early that morning, as we have discovered that traffic on I-64 is pretty bad and we wanted to spend the entire day at Williamsburg.  We made a good attempt, but after spending a good bit of time in traffic, right as we were about to enter the tunnel under the Bay we came to a complete stop for some time.  I guess we just needed to get used to being on the East Coast.  We parked the RV at the KOA and took off in the PT.

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 were able to stop in the Silversmith and General store without a purchase.  We found the Post Office to be of great interest where they showed a poster of the old alphabet where the "J" and "U" were missing, old colonial board games, books of conduct and many other interesting items of that time frame.  Clark purchased a period book entitled "The School of Manners or RULES for Children's Behaviour:" for obvious reasons and "George Washington's Rules for Civility". He calls the latter a self-help book. We found a Bookbinder, who back then made his money by binding blank books often with leather .  "Who would buy a book with words already written in them?" he mused.  He went on about his trade and the children were once again spellbound.  Our last stop was the Episcopal Church where everyone had to go at least once a month. This is where you paid your tithe aka taxes......to the church of England or it was punishable by death. The church told them how much their tithe would be. We found the church to be one of the best places we had visited as the parishioners were George Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, etc. The caste system still existed there as they had assigned seating even in church!  Can you imagine the prayers that were said in that church?  It was quite profound to ponder....

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.  
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