Sunday, August 22, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg

This is the carriage that Queen Elizabeth II rides in when she visits.  FOR REAL.

We are all exhausted.  I guess you get to a point of saturation with any vacation, where you just want to go home and see your dog.  At least we do.  We had the option of staying an extra night and seeing Emily Osment from the Hannah Montana show.  We left it completely up to the girls, told them we didn't mind the extra expense and time if they wanted to see her.  They opted to go home and see Ollie, our dog.

But all in all, we had a great vacation!  Williamsburg was a dream come true for a history nut like me.  And Jason loved all of the gardens and mature trees (my mom always looked for fishing spots for my dad on our family vacations; I look for lots of garden time for Jason!).  Every time we came across a garden, Jason would joke that we could leave him there all day ;)

Many times, Jason and I fantasized about selling our house and moving to Williamsburg.  He would get a job tending gardens and I would get to dress-up in period clothes and live the life, interpreting history for visitors.  We would rent a historic house from the foundation and gladly forget about cell phones and texting, although we would be hard-pressed to give up our computers and digital cameras.

We took over a thousand photos of Williamsburg, here are just a few...

learning about weaving

The girls had to work, getting water from the well, watering plants... :)
These are asparagus plants; I had never seen one before, thought they were neat :)

playing hoop & stick

18th century sling
They did not have plastic in the 1700's...this is a REAL skeleton.
a slave on a plantation

shoe forms at the shoemakers :)

Learning a Colonial dance. (If anyone goes to Colonial Williamsburg, I highly recommend the "Children Play and Work All Day" program :)
learning about Colonial money (They would cut their coins in 1/4 and 1/8).  We also learned about Tobacco Notes (your tobacco in a barrel was worth a certain amount, you could trade that with a note, the shopkeeper had his sea captain who would sell overseas and the shopkeeper would get the profit.)
helping water the gardens, because in Colonial times, children played and WORKED all day :)

We also enjoyed a wonderful, rich hot chocolate at a Colonial teahouse :)