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  • [Pictures] Colonial Williamsburg - Pictures

    My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!

    Colonial Williamsburg photographed in October 2008:
    This unique historic attraction is located in coastal Virginia on the very site which it interprets, a 301-acre townsite composed of hundreds of historic and historically-recreated 18th century colonial buildings. Williamsburg was the capitol of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, after which the capitol was moved to Richmond, so for most of its important years was the seat of the Royal Governors prior to the Revolution. Important buildings featured include the Capitol, Governor's Palace, and Courthouse as well as scores of shops, taverns, workshops, churches, and residences. They are located along the town's original streets, centered on the long linear Duke of Gloucester Street as well as two parallel streets and about 10 smaller cross streets. Beyond these streets, the currently inhabited parts of the town resume, but within the historic district the buildings are used to showcase their original uses. For instance, the blacksmith forges horseshoes for the horses that pull carraiges whose wheels were made at the cooper whose house nearby is occupied by his wife who is dying yarn for the weaver etc. Costumed interpreters are seemingly everywhere and make the entire place come alive; their living history program called Revolutionary City is excellent and features special historic programs on the streets and inside buildings throughout the day where the 'actors' stay in character as they interact with visitors. Other living history interpreters are skilled tradespeople who craft their wares in the same manner as the past; even the leather for the shoes that the cobbler makes comes from the hides of cattle grazed in the recreated penned fields that surround the site, and the other interpreters wear them! All of this is operated by the nonprofit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in a unique environment where entry to the historic streets is free and ungated (although cars are blocked from most of the streets) while entry to most of the buildings is by purchased daypasses obtained from a large modern visitor center nearby whose courtyard features a bronze 3-d map of the historic town.

    Virginia's Historic Triangle:
    Williamsburg is the middle town of three historic towns within about 20 miles, linked together by the scenic Colonial Parkway. The other two are Yorktown and Jamestown and together they form an incredible multi-day historic trip.

    Historic Jamestowne:
    The original site of the 1607 settlement of English colonists at Jamestown is preserved as part of Colonial National Historic Park, with archaeological excavations and a partial recreation of the original fort on their original sites with a modern visitor center and archaearium nearby. Fans of the Disney movie Pocahontas will enjoy the statues of her and John Smith of course!

    Jamestown Settlement:
    Adjacent to the federal park, the state operates an excellent living history museum with a large modern visitor center/exhibit building and recreations of ships on the shore and a Powhatan village and the fort and settlement. These are all staffed by costumed interpreters.

    This very small town was the site of the final battle of the Revolutionary War and still retains many of the buildings that witnessed it, many of them still private.

    Yorktown Battlefield:
    This section of the Colonial National Historic Park preserves the earthworks and site of the actual battle, with a modern visitor center nearby.

    Yorktown Victory Center:
    The state also has a nearby visitor center and museum dedicated to the Revolutionary War period, including small living history recreations of a 1780's farm and a Continental Army encampment. There are yet more costumed interpreters here, in what must surely be a cottage (pardon the pun) industry in this region of the state!

    Last edited by geomorph; 12-19-2009, 09:13 PM.

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    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! Looks like an amazing place!


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      Re: Colonial Williamsburg - Pictures

      You have amazing picture's
      I so into HISTORY! ....this should be a book!
      Thank you so mush for shareing.....very nice change from disney pic's
      You have also an Eagle eye!
      again Thank You!
      Soaring like an EAGLE !


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        Re: Colonial Williamsburg - Pictures

        Eagleman, thank you for the compliments, it sounds like you would enjoy visiting this place!


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