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"So Frequently we mistakenly believe that our children need more things, when in reality their silent pleadings are simply for more of our time."
***President Thomas S. Monson (Ensign May 1994)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Colonial Williamsburg




This was so much fun. The kids and I went to Colonial Williamsburg on Thursday. Yes, I took my kids out of school for the day to go. They were showing their appreciation for the military and allowing active duty and their families in for free. We got free passes to all the buildings and tours and shuttles there. It was wonderful! There are actually doing this for 4 days and our passes are good for all 4 days, but Thrusday was the only day we could go. We would have loved to go back again. There was just so much to see. You're walking a lot, too, so the kids got tired quickly, especially Noah. he fell asleep the last hour we were there and I had to carry him. I had lots of people commenting on how cute he was while he was sleeping. He might have looked cute, but it was like carrying around a 40 pound rock! People dancing in the town square.
This path is in the gardens at the governor's palace. It was very cool!

Just relaxing and visiting

Myshel and Vance were our camera persons. And they did a great job, maybe too good. They took 143 pictures while we were there! Yikes! I figured I'd go through them and sort out the ones I didn't want, but I really want all of them! That'll be some serious scrapbooking right there! I obviously won't post all 143, but I will post some of my favorites.

Vance got this picture when we were eating lunch by the parking lot........These men were walking into town and Vance asked them for a picture!

Looking down one of the streets in town


I don't know how much all of you know about Colonial Williamsburg. It's a living museum. It's basically Williamsburg in the 1700's. Some of the actual buildings are still there, Some have been rebuilt exactly like they would have been. There were people there dress in Colonial dress. Some were working there, some were just walking around enjoying the town. They even talk to you like it's the 1700's. It is very awesome. It's amazing to see some of the building that are hundreds of years old, the way they cooked and dined and worked and dressed. Just fantastic.


This is the back of the governor's palace, taken from the gardens





The captial building

Basketmakers

Some of the tours that we went on were the Governor's Palace, where Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson both lived, the Wythe House, and the Capitol building. We saw weavers, and basketmakers, blacksmiths, carpenters, gunsmiths, silversmiths, bakers, tailors, to name just a few. There was really just so much to see. We needed another day or two to take it all in. There were some places that we didn't get to see at all, just not enough time or energy for that matter. If you ever have the chance to go and see Colonial Williamsburg, do it!! Whether you're a history buff or not, it is so worth the experience, even my kids loved it and want to go back.
This was a parade during a reenactment of the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Williamsburg

The doorman at the courthouse

A lady on tour with us in the Wythe House

3 Comments:

madsonblueeyes said...

FREE! Wow I would taken my kids out of school too. That place isn't cheap if I remember correctly!

Cindy said...

It's not cheap. To see all the tours that we took and go in all the buildings, it would be about $50 a person! Ouch, huh! It was very cool, though, worth them missing a day of school!

marie said...

I wish I would have known it was free this weekend. I would have gone and taken the kids! Why didn't you tell me?!

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