Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg Virginia

This is Colonial Williamsburg Virginia where we stopped for a bite of lunch on our trip home last Thursday from Virginia Beach, VA. This town is always packed with tourists, students on school field trips and retirees like Jack and I on an outing. You would not know that the U.S. is in an economic down turn by surveying the scene here. Lots and lots of people doing "the walk" along the Duke of Glouchester Street which is blocked off for cars. When in Williamsburg we usually eat at the Trellis Restaurant pictured above on the right but they were closed for renovations.

So we ate across the street at the Old Cheese Shop. Jack ordered our sandwiches while I hustled a table out front. Hundreds and hundreds of people must have passed our table as we ate. I took a photo of some of our fellow diners.

Doing the walk.

Doing the walk.
Go all the way and you will come to the Colonial Capitol Building.

Lots and lots of shops to entice you to come in and buy reproductions of Colonial Williamsburg merchandise. By the way did you know that it was the Rockafeller family that created Colonial Williamsburg in the 1920's by setting out to preserve all the colonial homes in the town and by recreating from historic records the Colonial Capitol Building and other public buildings and then outfitting the town with lots and lots of folks in colonial dress to tell the story of the place. On this quick stop I saw several little girls in colonial garb and little boys with the tri-corned black hats. At any rate this place is an economic gold mine.

Here's my favorite photo for today's blog. This is the entrance to the College of William and Mary which is located right in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. It is a great university and it is very hard to get into since its student population is somewhere around just 3700 students. Helps if you can show a 4.0 grade average. Many people don't realize that this is a public state university of Virginia because it reeks of private preppy charm. On this Thursday a class was being conducted under those tall old oak trees.

It is always hard to find a place to park the car in Colonial Williamsburg so we opted to use this brick parking garage sandwiched in between other renovated historic homes with their boxwood landscaping.


Wanda said...

What a beautiful tour, and the music was delightful....

Denise said...

I didn't know that about the Rockafellas. Beautiful photos of Williamsburg Joanne.

Melinda said...

it looks like a beautiful place! Hopefully Noah and I can make a trip there one day!