Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg-Part 2

Wikipedia Definition:
  The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is "The future may learn from the past". The Historic Area is an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or re-created colonial houses and relating to American Revolutionary War history.  Rather than an effort to preserve antiquity, the combination of restoration and re-creation of the entire colonial town attempts to re-create the atmosphere and the ideals of 18th-century American people and revolutionary leaders. Interpreters work and dress as they did in the era, using colonial grammar and diction.

This was our second trip to visit Colonial Williamsburg. The last time we visited Atley was barely 4 and Nash was about 22 months old. I blamed their ages on the horrible time we had and was so excited to go back. I love history. I love learning about the daily life of people in Colonial times. I was especially excited to see the city decorated for Christmas and as much as I want to write about how wonderful the whole visit was, I would be lying if I did. The kids were bored, including my husband and Granny. I think I am done trying to make my family like Colonial Williamsburg. Next, time I go alone! It wasn't all bad, but it definitely wasn't the memorable learning experience I had envisioned. Here are some highlights!

After getting oriented at the Visitor's Center guests can walk or take a shuttle to the historic district.  We chose to walk because only walking will get you to Great Hopes Plantation.  A small working plantation.  A slave explained how the farm was more reflective of the way most Virginian's lived in the 18th century.

When we first arrived in the historic district the Marquis de Lafayette was speaking at the Governor's Royal Palace. He was fantastic. He told tales of how he became involved with the American Revolution and how he became great friends with George Washington.  He was very animated and the kids listened pretty intently during his 20 minute speech.

Behind the palace was a maze of hedges that the boys got lost in for a few minutes until their dad scared the heck out of them when he popped out of the bushes.

Harley loved the horses. Nash enjoyed the British flags and Atley liked climbing on any and everything he could find.

I wish I could have a pair of these built in the back yard.

Nash bought a tin whistle at Prentice's Store and tried to teach his sister to play.

The Powell house is especially designed for children to gain some hands on historic experience. It was our last stop of the day. Nash helped make a currant cake.  Atley made a scent pack for his drawer.  They learned how colonial children were taught and played a game or two of Shut the Box.

We left with a bang when Nash leaned or climbed on an antique table and it came crashing into a pile on the floor. Everyone was really nice about the disaster.

Thanks family for indulging me on yet another trip to Colonial Williamsburg. I know that it was cold, way too much walking, and a little boring. I promise not to force you to have fun again, at least not for a day or two anyway.

1 comment:

G&G said...

I'll go with you, I love Williamsburg too!! where are the picts of the decorations for Christmas. Great pictures, the kids look like they are having fun....