Another beautiful day here in Colonial Williamsburg. The air was cool but the sun bright and the skies clear. The redbuds and dogwoods are a lovely contrast to the just budding hardwoods in the forest. If you are planning a trip to Williamsburg, though, I really recommend that you come in the spring or fall when school is in session. Though there were many school groups in the town, it was not overcrowded and there was never any difficulty getting to see inside the buildings and the re-enactors who stroll the grounds or run the various tradesmen's buildings have plenty of time to answer questions and provide interesting anecdotes. I was here as a teen with my family in the middle of the summer and while I remember that it was a neat place to visit, all I really remember is how hot and crowded it was and how much we looked forward to the motel pool after a day in the park. Of course, there is a spectacular new visitor center and really, if you are ever near this area, Jamestown and Williamsburg are "must sees".
Bob is still suffering from plantar fasciitis so, we didn't do aerobic touring but we did walk the one mile length out and back and across the 1/3 mile width of the settlement - way more than 10, 000 steps. We should have taken Roadie as many folks had their dogs but, we wouldn't have been able to go into the buildings and frankly, he is more trouble sometimes than the companionship is worth in these situations.
We had a wonderful lunch in Shields Tavern with a yummy shrimp and crawfish soup to start and these flaky beef pastries with mango chutney for the main course. The food was wonderful. Needless to say, we had salad for dinner.
I made a special trip to the Presbyterian meeting house. Apparently, the Presbyterian sect had to petition the king to allow them to worship in Williamsburg as the Church of England was the official religion of the colony and in fact, of all England. But the Presbyterians, although known as the dissenters of the protestant faith, were allowed a small, plain home of a local resident in which to practice their faith. As a Presbyterian, I never really thought of myself as much of a religious dissenter but, perhaps, it is time to research the history to see where we started and how we got where we are today.
Though sunny and warm, around 68 degrees during much of the day, in the afternoon, a strong breeze arrived and cooled the temperature considerably. Still, it was a lovely day and Williamsburg did not disappoint. It is a well run, beautiful place that allows you to use your imagination to see what it must have been like in the 18th century Virginia capitol.