This is a FIRST, in our 11 year marriage...a stay-cation! Brian was not able to come with us to Canada, due to the end of a big project he was on. But he finished, and took a week off work to vacation with us...only we aren't going anywhere:-) Well, no where far anyway! Amazingly, perhaps, in our entire marriage, outside of our honeymoon, we have never taken a "true" vacation for more than a night (Great Wolf Lodge one night stays and overnight camping are what we call vacations...but they really don't count). Usually, time off is spent visiting family, which again, is what we call a vacation, but isn't really. Unless that family lives in Jamaica, or Hawaii, maybe. Haha. Not complaining about how we spend our time off, but just establishing the fact that we've been nowhere, ever. Haha. Buuuuuut then, we DO live on the ocean. Who needs a vacation, right?! Stay tuned for plenty of beach bumming on our stay-cay:-)
We've also never taken time off and not gone to visit family. So a first all around! We decided to start off the stay-cation with a bang - or rather, a cannon boom - Colonial Williamsburg.
Colonial Williamsburg is the largest "living museum" in the country, and is normally quuuuuuite pricey per person. So we've never been, for a variety of factors - cost, combined with the ages of the kids, really. They are *just now* old enough (the older two), to understand it, and like it, and not mind all the walking (of which there is a LOT). This week Williamsburg was offering free one day passes to all who live in neighbouring cities, all you needed was valid ID with your address on it! This is the first time in the 10 years we've lived here that such an offer has been made! I decided it was the perfect time to go check it out, see if the kids would like it, and if it would be something worth paying to go see again, or get a yearly pass or whatever. The perfect kick off to our vacation!
Well - it exceeded our expectations! I would definitely be interested in a yearly pass, maybe in a year or two (Grey is still a tad young, we needed the stroller, and he got quite bored on some of the guided tours). Our area of Virginia is SO full of rich history, from the settling of the pilgrims to the civil war and beyond. We had a BLAST learning more about the forming of "these United States"! Enjoy some of our pictures of the day!
Colonial Williamburg represents a time in history (the late 1700s) when America was settled but not yet its own nation. Every one of historical note was here. Washington, Jefferson, etc. The thing I found so interesting was the combination of English and American history here (Most things "American" tend not to focus on anything British). This town represents a period of history spanning from before the Declaration of Independence was signed (1776), until after the war ends in 1781. So there is quite the blend of both sides of the story, and depending on which house or shop you visit, you hear a different side (loyalist or patriot view).
|I think this was a private dwelling (not all homes in Williamsburg are for "tour"), but Brian and I both adore this Colonial style of home.
|A visit to a Jewelry shop - the Silversmith. She showed us how to make a bowl, and hammer it smooth, and gave an idea of the wages that one could make learning this skill.
|The back of the silversmiths shop
|British flags are everywhere - although Independence has just been declared, the war will rage on for many more years, and so the British flag flies high, all over
|The river runs under this house!
|The kids loved all the carriages and buggys!
|Making bricks! You must mush the clay and water together with your feet. It's sticky, mushy, and pretty cool feeling, really. But kind of hard to wash off.
|After this the bricks are formed, dried, and kiln-fired
|uh oh! A loyalist and a patriot, in stocks together. Interesting...
|In the magazine
|The entrance to the Governors Mansion (British built) - it is decorated in a very typical English and Scottish manner - with weaponry. Always intending for a very intimidating welcome.
|Lavish finishes, including maple chairs, carved to look like bamboo, and spanish tiles
|The only house in the colonies to sport the latest of decor fashions (copying the trend in London-town) - silk damask covers the walls, with gold papier mache (and amazingly gorgeous) trim.
|On the ceiling above the staircase
|Queen Charlotte and King George III have a place of prominence in the ball room
|A Dutch warming oven, in the dining room
|This flag they are holding (c1775) was apparently hung on the Williamsburg "Liberty Pole" just prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. It is black with white writing "Virginia for Constitutional Liberty"
|My favourite kind of fence.
|Selfies! Afterwards we hit up Bellisimo's pizza in Williamsburg for dinner. YUMMY!
|The faces this kid makes are unreal.