Colonial Williamsburg

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Today was our day for Colonial Williamsburg, and the weather cooperated nicely.  We had been worried that it might rain again which would have cancelled our plans, but instead we had sunshine and warmer weather.  Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to make the day a good day.

We are old enough to remember seeing several shows that had been made in Colonial Williamsburg back in the 1960s and 70s, so we thought we knew what it was going to be like.  Boy were we Wrong!!!  It may have been that way fifty years ago, but it's sure different now. 

Today we saw very few folks dressed in the period clothing, and to actually see things like the woodrights shop, or any other building where something was being made in the old colonial manner you had to pay extra at the ticketing booth at the welcome center.

At the Welcome Center at Colonial Williamsburg.
  Most places were $9.95 entry fee, so they would have added up very quickly we thought.  So we purchased the $2 bus ticket that took you from the welcome center to one of several stops surrounding the reconstructed and heavily restored colonial city and figured we go back and buy tickets if we saw something we really wanted to see.

So after taking the bus to the first stop, which turned out to be wrong, we jumped back on a few minutes later when the next one came and went to the next stop, as informed by one very nice young lady who gave us the only good information of the whole day.  We strolled out and around the Capital building and got a few shots and then down along main street. We noted that all of the buildings looked as if they had been built within the last ten years.

Inside the Welcome Center and ticket windows.
Maybe in an older style, but all were freshly painted, with nice shutters, or maybe brickwork that looked way too new to be period. We took lots of pictures of the buildings, almost all of which are residences even if they say otherwise, and there probably weren’t ten buildings on the entire place that were open for viewing or entering, and those were the ones that either sold a product or charged to get in.  Down at the very end of the street where they have a few dozen shops and cafes where they sold souvenirs.  We bought a spoon for my wife's collection.

This had to be the biggest disappointment of our entire trip.

X_Drive says:
We certainly didn't think so.
Posted on: Aug 19, 2010
lecos says:
worth going ?.....
Posted on: Aug 18, 2010
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At the Welcome Center at Colonial …
At the Welcome Center at Colonial…
Inside the Welcome Center and tick…
Inside the Welcome Center and tic…
This young lady helped us out with…
This young lady helped us out wit…
Along the main street.
Along the main street.
The Capitol from the back.
The Capitol from the back.
A small grave yard.
A small grave yard.
The Secretaries Building.
The Secretaries Building.
The Capitol from the side. Looks m…
The Capitol from the side. Looks …
This is the real front.
This is the real front.
Along the main street
Along the main street
See, they even had Coffee houses!
See, they even had Coffee houses!
More taverns than anything else.
More taverns than anything else.
A buggy driving down the main stre…
A buggy driving down the main str…
This tree provided lots of shade
This tree provided lots of shade
Nobody in the stocks.
Nobody in the stocks.
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