Tents upon the Williamsburg Greens
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On Sunday morning, Susan and I planned to walk of Duke of Gloucester Street around the Capitol. Would the Civil War reenactors from the previous day still be abroad? We assumed they had returend home. I quipped that maybe they had camped out in town. As we drove along Francis Street near the Williamsburg Inn we saw a campfire. Lo and behold--the Confederates and Yankees had indeed camped out! We discovered the Confederate camp first and stopped for photos. Like at a Boy Scout camp, everyone was gathered under a tarp eating breakfast. Smoke from a campfire rose nearby while camp followers cooked. Further on, the Cavalry unit was readying their horses. One young lady appeared to be portraying a girl searching for her beau among the soldiers.
Visitors were to be alowed in the camp at 10:00 a.m., but we continued on to the Capitol. Ah, we discovered the Union troops were camped here! This was a realistic setup, complete with a U.S. Sanitary Commission (medical services) tent. Was that Clara Barton in the gingham dress? The Union troops had already finished breakfast and were out marching and drilling.
I had my "hit list" of sites to photograph for this Williamsburg visit, and so I set about attending to that. The Colonial Williamsburg historic area is a mix of original 18th century buildings that have been restored and Colonial-looking buildings that were built in the 1930s-1940s to look as much like their originals as possible. I like to seek out the orignal buildings and photogrpah them, thouhg they are not among the most "popular" attractions.
Susan and I had decided to have lunch at the King's Arms Tavern. It's our favorite among the Colonial Williamsburg taverns and we had not dined there in many a visit.
After lunch we headed for Jamestown, taking the Colonial Parkway.