The first British colony and a living museum
Trip Start Sep 26, 2010
35Trip End Dec 24, 2010
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After being spoilt by our friends for over a week, we headed North (aiming for New York) via Colonial Williamsburg.
Williamsburg represents the first British colony in America and the town has been restored and preserved and is now a major tourist attraction. Originally established in 1633 it has survived to the present day and is now essentially a living museum with 88 restored buildings. It is also where Thomas Jefferson drafted the United States Deceleration of Independence between June 11 and June 28, 1776.
It's really cool, no cars are allowed there and the people that work there go around in horses and carts and everyone has fake (and not very good) English accents and wears traditional dress. It’s really fun!
We got there quite late in the afternoon and headed off to see what was around. It was absolutely freezing so after warming up with coffees and cookies we then hit the first pub that we found. Think traditional English pubs that you perhaps still find in old little English villages: wooden floors, roaring fires etc.
We were sat at a table with another couple from Buffalo, New York and they were lovely! We ended spending over two hours sat chatting and drinking with Greg & Gretchen. He was a funeral director and she was an artist and they were down for her 50th birthday. It was great to get chatting to some Americans that held a lot of our opinions (we even ventured down the politics route – with no casualties)!
After that Simon and I went caroling at the Episcopal Parish Church (where people like Jefferson had apparently worshipped). That was our little taste of Christmas!
We spent two days in Williamsburg, mooching around the Colonial town before heading further North towards that New York state of mind!