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A belle pining for her beau

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.

Confederate encampment
This was amazing!

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.

Breakfast around the campfire
This time the list included a variety. The James Semple House on Francis Street, built just before the Revolutionary War and thought to have bene designed by Thomas Jefferson. It required little restoration and is one of the most original structures. The Ludwell-Paradise House, built in 1755, is a grand for its time and place brick townhouse. Richard Charlton's Coffeehouse is the newest reconstruction, built only in 2008. Previously, archeological work had been going on at the site for many years.

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.

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A belle pining for her beau
A belle pining for her beau
Confederate encampment
Confederate encampment
Breakfast around the campfire
Breakfast around the campfire
Young Cavalry trooper
Young Cavalry trooper
Confederate equestrienne
Confederate equestrienne
The Cavalry prepares to sortie
The Cavalry prepares to sortie
Laundry detail
Laundry detail
Union encampment
Union encampment
Union troops muster
Union troops muster
Union encampment
Union encampment
Union troops drill the Manual of A…
Union troops drill the Manual of …
William Finnie/James Semple House …
William Finnie/James Semple House…
Wetherburn Tavern (Richard Bland H…
Wetherburn Tavern (Richard Bland …
Ludwell-Paradise House (1755)
Ludwell-Paradise House (1755)
Double stairway at the Ludwell-Par…
Double stairway at the Ludwell-Pa…
Ludwell-Paradise House (1755)
Ludwell-Paradise House (1755)
Ludwell-Paradise House garden
Ludwell-Paradise House garden
Well at the Ludwell-Paradise House
Well at the Ludwell-Paradise House
Garden at the St. George Tucker Ho…
Garden at the St. George Tucker H…
Garden at the St. George Tucker Ho…
Garden at the St. George Tucker H…
Robert Carter House (1746)
Robert Carter House (1746)
Williamsburg garden in bloom
Williamsburg garden in bloom
Williamsburg garden in bloom
Williamsburg garden in bloom
Colonial Gardener
Colonial Gardener
Garden implements
Garden implements
Richard Charltons Coffee House (r…
Richard Charlton's Coffee House (…
Coffee House hostess
Coffee House hostess
Colonial piper
Colonial piper
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An Agreeable Atmosphere and Accompanying Fare at the King's Arms
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The Scenic Highway Linking Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown
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