June 3, 2008

Colonial Williamsburg Pt. 2

The cabinetmakers of Colonial Williamsburg produce furniture with the tools and designs of the colonial era right before guests' eyes.

Doug took some time out to lean on the fence and look at a Colonial Williamsburg stream filled with water from modern times.

A visit to the Coffeehouse Backyard found one of the founding fathers of the United States discussing the political and social scene of the time.

Did you ever wonder where you went if you broke the law in Colonial Williamsburg? If you were lucky, you got to spend some time in the Public Gaol.

The most famous prisoners of the Public Gaol (pronounced "jail") were the 15 henchmen of Blackbeard the Pirate. They may have sat right here in the year 1718.

The silversmith hard at work...

Revolutionary City is the drama that plays out every afternoon with a large ensemble cast of characters. Depending on the day of the week, Revolutionary City will center around one of three themes: "Building a Nation", "Collapse of the Royal Government 1774-1776" or "Citizens at War 1776-1781". Theoretically, guests could stay over a week without seeing the same thing twice. We were here on "Collapse of the Royal Government 1774-1776" Day.

Here, cast members gather waiting for the drama to begin.

Revolutionary City Cast Member poses with Disney Cast Member.

The horses are in position...

as is the audience...

Watch some of the activity at Colonial Williamsburg, including the beginning of Revolutionary City in the video below.
Kate and Eve discuss the implications of being a slave during the Revolution.

The blacksmith shop still produces tools, nails and furniture which is utilized throughout the historic area.

The printing office and bookbindery were run along with the post office by William Parks, who also started Virginia's first newspaper.

You can even learn how to make shoes from colonial times.

The dining room/parlor of the James Geddy House.

Among other things, James Geddy was a silversmith. One of his plans is exhibited here.

In the foundry behind the Getty House, a cast member works with brass, bronze and other very hot metals.

For more pictures, go to
http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/june/colonial-williamsburg-va/ pictures 68-132.

To be continued...

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