History

Hello once again from the long and winding road!
Today is our last day in Williamsburg, Virginia as we will depart before the rooster crows on the morrow! (actually on the train as I try to get this finished!!) Our expectations have been far exceeded by this area and the history that has occurred here. W’Burg has done a remarkable job in bringing history to life and our total favorites are the talks with historical characters.

Colonel Washington discussing one of his missions during the French & Indian War in the House of Burgess

Colonel Washington discussing one of his missions during the French & Indian War in the House of Burgess

We had the opportunity to listen and learn from such notables as George and Martha Washington as well as George Wythe. If you are as lacking in remembering your 4th grade history as I am, then you will not know Mr. Wythe and the role he played in the the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence. For now, suffice it to say that he was a mentor to Thomas Jefferson whom I surely expect each of everyone one of you to know!
There were also a number of craftsmen that we were able to speak with. Artisans such as the shoemaker, cabinetmaker, coopers, weavers, printers, silversmith, and binders that answered lots of questions…

Silversmith pounding out a spoon. Quite a process!

Silversmith pounding out a spoon. Quite a process!

Some of them were even intelligent questions! We even conversed with a tavern wench or ten! This is truly a remarkable, historical, and fun place to visit and I would highly recommend it for anyone with the least little bit of interest in the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. Often we just think of the war itself and we all know the final outcome of that; but why? And what were the thoughts at the time?

A look at life in 1775

A look at life in 1775

One of the most interesting points made was that of George Washington when he laid out the planning for how they were going to get King George and more directly the House of Commons, to repeal the Stamp Act. I should mention that we are in 1775, the Boston Tea Party has occurred (interesting opinion on that, too!) and he is still a British subject and is expects to remain one. The colonies are exporting all sorts of raw materials back to England and then importing finished goods made from those materials. I was trying to not go too much into history but here is a wee bit…
So the colonies will be stopping exports and imports to affect the economics… Sounds familiar right? Anyway, I’ll get past the history lesson after I mention the old adage from Plutarch, I believe, about if you don’t study history you are doomed to repeat it. That was an underlying current this whole week for me.
It has been a fun and informative week!

... and we had fun, too!

… and we had fun, too!

So now, as I amended earlier, we are on Amtrak to DC where we will spend some time touring the White House, National Archives, and Congress along with a couple of Smithsonian Museums. Lots more history and walking ahead of us!