“That the future may learn from the past”
Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia during the Revolutionary War period. It is an historical landmark as well as a living history museum. Many of the original buildings have been restored or reconstructed on their original sites. Costumed actors work and dress as the people did in the 18th century and stay in character.
When we were here in April we bought tickets that are good until the end of the year, so why not stop in again?
The first reenactment we saw was the Dissolving of the House of Burgesses. British Governor Lord Dunmore dissolved this legislative body of colonial government.
Can’t walk past a bakery without stopping in. This fella was baking ginger cakes (cookies) in a brick oven.
We enjoyed a performance of music by composers whose names were known to colonial founders but are mostly unknown today. Harpsichord and violin.
And then Patrick Henry shared his thoughts, memories, and beliefs and answered questions from the audience. This was my favorite and most interesting event of the day.
The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the public on the steps of the Raleigh Tavern.
In late September 1781 General Marquis de Lafayette addresses the citizens. The local militia marched in review, with cannon salutes, musket fire, and fife-and-drum fanfare.
- Admission: free
- Lodging: $25
- Colonial Williamsburg, April 2015