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Jun 12, 2012 - Cosmo's Entry: Williamsburg

Day 3: Today we rolled out of bed and had an egg breakfast. Soon after breakfast we jumped in the car and drove to the colonial Williamsburg. There we saw many different stations to learn different things about different jobs. We stopped at many stations such as wheelworkers and blacksmiths. One thing I learned today is that it takes about 90 hours to make a wheel for a horse carriage. After we saw a colonial re-enactment and stopped for ice cream before we left. As we were walking back to the car it started to rain really hard. it poured...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Dan's Entry: Exporing our colonial past

Well we continue to wrestle with the time change, though we are getting better. Today we were out of here by 11:00am (the goal is 9:00am). On that note I want to put a shout-out to all my homies with three or more children, this is not that easy. So any way, we explored Williamsburg today. This is an incredibly large historic park. We were free to walk around and bought tickets which allowed us to access various live demonstrations of period trades work and to tour houses and public buildings built in the early 1700's. The climate was...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Jill's Entry: Make Believe, circa 1775

The last time I visited Williamsburg, I was 12 and going into sixth grade. I loved it then, and I was even more intrigued now. The town is beautiful, educational, historical, and yet not overly commercial. It's amazing how well everything has been preserved, and the costumed interpreters are really good at explaining 18th century colonial life down to the smallest details. We saw two scenes of actual pre-revolutionary war events, and the actors on the street kept the drama going by interjecting their thoughts and feelings. The woman who was...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Cole's entry: Historic Williamsburg

So I have to make a new style of entry, so the basis is on this: What happened What I learned What I felt What happened: So, we went to Williamsburg, and took a walk to Historic Williamsburg, where they have a section based on the 18th century - and it IS the 18th century! They had the style of houses, of clothing, of shops - and at one point I saw a woman carrying around a chicken! X) We walked around for quite a while, and it started to rain. It was raining pretty hard, by California standards, but not so hard I started to melt. We had...

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Jun 11, 2012 - James River Plantation Tours

Virginia state route 5 runs between the cities of Richmond and Williamsburg crossing the Chickahominy River while paralleling the James river. Interestingly enough, all the plantations are privately owned. Only a bus tour could make the tour of five plantations in one day! We chose Westover Plantation, named for Henry, fourth Lord Delaware, son of Thomas West, Governor of Virginia. These plantations are expansive including the grounds. We wondered at the perseverance of these settlers. For example, most of these homes are handmade bricks....

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May 23, 2012 - Williamsburg, VA

Hi All, Our stay in Williamsburg was not what we expected on Civil war things to see. It seems there was more on history of the settlers back than. So we went to the Botanical Garden in Norfolk and than on to Virgina Beach. Ended up in one hell of a storm, and ended up in a small beer tasting brewery until the storm passed. When we ended up in Virginia Beach the storm has passed and it was nicer down there. Went into a real nice little pub and hung out with the locals. So, all in all it ended up being a nice day. Will leave here on the 25th...

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May 13, 2012 - Williamsburg, VA

We arrived at the American Heritage RV Park in Williamsburg, VA on May 10. The next day we spent the day at colonial Williamsburg enjoying perfect weather. It is representative of America from 1765-1781 when the town was the capitol of Virginia. We had a private guide who led our walking tour which included the spectacular Governor's Palace. We watched a trial of the period, toured the Capitol, and even talked with a citizen who was riding on a beautiful horse. We also heard a concert featuring music of the times, saw the craftsmen, and had...

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Dec 5, 2011 - Williamsburg Christmas

There is no better way to feel the spirit of Christmas than by attending the Grand Illumination in Williamsburg, Virginia. The restored historic district of Williamsburg celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season by a simultaneous activation of lights. Colonial tradition placed lighted candles in the windows of homes and public buildings to celebrate a special event(holidays, end of war, monarch's birthday). This is followed by spectacular fireworks. Meanwhile, the street market stands serve warm cider and gingerbread cookies. The...

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Nov 20, 2011 - To Williamstown, VA

We leave New Bern. Pepsi Cola was invented in New Bern. No, we do not venture into town to find the soda fountain. It is another day of good roads. We see many cotton fields. The cotton looks like it is ready for picking. I know nothing about growing cotton. We head toward Williamsburg. However, we stop in Yorktown for lunch. The Riverview Restaurant is wonderful. We love Yorktown. It is easy to drive in. Everything is well marked. We even find parking for the RV with our trailer! We drive the Colonial Parkway to our campground. We chat...

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Nov 11, 2011 - Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown

We arrived in Williamsburg last Monday, and have been exploring the 'Historic Triangle Towns' for the past four plus days! Quite a treat...Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown have such charm. It's a kick to mingle with all the 're-enactment' characters, for sure! They are professional actors, and absolutely stay in colonial mode! National Park Service: "It began at Jamestown in 1607. It ended and began anew at Yorktown in 1781. One hundred and seventy-four years of hope, adventure, discovery, settlement, struggle, suffering, war,...

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Trip Journal

Dressell's USA Quest

Nov 2, 2011 - To Williamsburg, VA

We sleep in. Rips Country Inn does not open for breakfast until 8:00. Rips is only fifteen miles away. We leave at 7:45. It takes us a half hour. I do not know how people deal with this traffic daily. I hate it. By the time we finish breakfast, the traffic is thinning. The further we head south on Route 301 the better the ride gets. It is the right time of the year to see the fall foliage. We cross the Potomac River and are in Virginia. It is time for our morning break. “Morning break” usually means “Wal-Mart.” We turn onto Route 17 and...

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