Saturday, May 5, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg in April, Last Day

Our last full day in Williamsburg on this trip was atypical for us: we dressed in our "civvies" instead of our colonial clothes, and didn't even spend the entire day in the historic district.  Not that we neglected another opportunity to enjoy some of our favorite things about CW.

Fortunately, Patrick Henry was speaking in the Palace gardens in the morning, and the threatening rain didn't materialize to dampen our spirits.

As we've mentioned before, Mr. Henry is an entertaining and inspiring speaker that doesn't hesitate to speak his mind.  His emphatic gestures and well-chosen phrases make any topic interesting, and those topics are always educational as well.

After he had entertained questions from the larger audience, Mr. Henry also graciously conversed with smaller groups after his presentation.  I"m not sure who is enjoying this conversation more, Patrick Henry or Tim!

We enjoyed lunch together at Chick-Fil-A, and then spent as much time as we could bear at an antique mall on the northwest side of town.  Some of us could bear more time than others, so some of us returned to CW in the afternoon while the balance of our group continued antiquing until suppertime.

Back at CW we witnessed a Fife and Drum Corps march and a review of the troops on the Market Square Green north of the Courthouse.  Although we enjoy the Fife and Drum Corps, we were disappointed that we didn't see Thomas Baker at any of the performances all week.  That's the first time in a long time that we haven't seen one of the Baker boys perform during our visit.

Always a crowd favorite is the shooting of the muskets and cannon to round out the performance.  You'd think folks never get a chance to see 18th century weaponry in action by the way they flock to these displays.

We'll end our Colonial Williamsburg posts this time with a trip through some of the backyards along Duke of Gloucester Street.  Last March, Gretel and I had fun navigating our way through the paths behind houses all over town, so I thought I'd give you a little taste of what it's like to explore the "other side" of the historic homes.  It was good to be on vacation!


  1. How fast were you walking?! I was almost getting dizzy sitting here in my chair trying to keep up. :)


  2. Victoria, I was moving kind of briskly since I didn't want the video to drag on too long. I'll have to practice holding the camera more steady in the future, so I don't make my viewers seasick!