An essential stop on any visit to Williamsburg is the Trellis restaurant, and the experience only intensifies when one can eat outside on the patio. Here Heather, Tim, Karen, and I are ready to dive into savory cheesecake and grilled chicken and trout. Can you tell Karen is glad to be here?
One cannot leave the Trellis without dessert, and if you like chocolate you owe it to yourself to try their "Death by Chocolate." Karen and I shared this one, so we both survived. If you don't like chocolate, we pity you.
This building is new this year, and still under construction. It was a coffeehouse back in the 1770s, and this new structure is built on the original foundation. We'll investigate further this week to see what the Foundation has planned for this building.
The "Revolutionary City" presentations each day are interpretations of actual events that occurred in and around Williamsburg in the 1770s and 1780s. In this scene, the Declaration of Independence is read to the citizens of Williamsburg for the first time from the balcony of the Capitol building on July 25, 1776. This re-enactment takes some liberties with the reading in that several costumed actors recite portions of the document, but the presentation is effective. If you have not read the Declaration from start to finish, you owe it to yourself to spend less than 10 minutes reading our forefather's complaints to their king in England (they were concerned about more than just tax on tea). Extra credit to those that see the irony in that today we could make many of the same complaints to our president.
Lily is producing a portfolio of her sewing projects to be displayed later this month at her graduation ceremony, and there are several garments that aren't sufficiently documented. We hope to fill in the gaps on this trip, as we should have plenty of lovely settings for the photos. This shot shows the polonaised skirt of this gown, and the setting is the gardens north of the Governor's Palace.
Tim, Laura, Heather, and Karen stroll through the gardens with the Palace in the background.
The older girls socializing in the garden.
A bridge on the pond west of the Palace kitchen.
The parents relaxing after a bit of time on their feet.