First, I will say Meg's camp was all that she hoped it would be. I will allow her to tell you about in another post. As a parent, I can say that I was thrilled with how efficiently and enthusiastically the camp was run. Meg came home every day with exciting tales of her discoveries and she undoubtedly learned a great deal about archaeology.
Second, there is too much to tell about this trip in one post. I had hoped to provide an update during the trip each day, but we were too exhausted. The heat certainly contributed to that. In this post, I will discuss Williamsburg. In a following post, I will discuss Jamestown and Yorktown.
Williamsburg was the capitol of Virginia during colonial times. The capitol was moved to Richmond in 1780 because Williamsburg was too close to the water and was an easy target for the British. Williamsburg turned from the center of politics into a small, quiet Virginia town. Then, in the early 20th Century, with the help of the Rockefellers, the town was restored to what it was like in its colonial heyday. Some of the still-existing buidling were restored. Other buildings were rebuilt entirely. The result is the opportunity to walk through a living, breathing colonial town.
In planning our trip, I found the official website www.colonialwilliamsburg.com extremely helpful for determining our best ticket options and for finding unusual events. There is also a very useful app available from Colonial Williamsburg that includes a map that will help visitors find their way around the town. It should be noted that one can walk around Williamsburg without purchasing a ticket and go into restaurants and shops. Tickets allow visitors to enter the living history areas as well as buildings such as the Governor's Palace and the House of Burgesses.
Prior to going to Williamsburg I secured tickets to two evening events: the Junior Ghost Walk and a period music concert in the House of Burgesses. No pictures were allowed at the concert, but I can tell you it was wonderful. The instruments included a violin, a viola, a flute and a harpsichord. A soprano was also featured. The musicians themselves introduced the pieces, which were all written by composers who had narrowly escaped being forced to practice law. It was an unusual theme to choose for a concert, but added a certain humor to it. It truly was an enjoyable evening to spend in the House of Burgesses. I will note we left 5-year-old Anne back at our cabin with my dad. Both Meg and Clare enjoy classical music and are accustomed to concert settings. This would not be an easy place to handle a child who did not enjoy such concerts.
We joined the Junior Ghost Walk on our first night in Williamsburg and this outing certainly helped the girls become excited about Williamsburg. The storyteller was excellent and, as promised, told stories that were only slightly scary and did not produce nightmares. Due to slight rain, we began the evening under the shelter of the marketplace, but eventually were able to walk around town. My favorite spot was under the shade of an enormous tree where benches have been placed. Here are some pictures from the Junior Ghost Walk.