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Here we are dressed as people dressed during the 1700s.  I think you all agree, we look fantastic!

The costume department from Colonial Williamsburg arrived at our classroom with costumes for us try on.  I was lucky enough to be the right size for the gentry lady.  We had a gentry man, middling man and woman, plantations workers, and slaves.  Wearing the clothes gave us a chance to see what it would be like to wear these clothes.  Imagine wearing these clothes all day long! During our journey around Williamsburg, many of us asked the people in shops and along the streets if they were hot. Several responded with - are you hot? If you're hot, then we are hot too.

We visited the original site of the Jamestown settlement.  In the distance you can see two things - the statue of John Smith and the James River. Originally, historians thought the Jamestown settlement had been washed away into the James River.  After much excavation, archaeologists discovered Jamestown was where you see it now. Several graves were found, a well with wonderful artifacts, and evidence of where the fence posts were that made the fort. Today, archaeologists continue to uncover evidence of where the first settlers lived and how they lived.

An important part of our experience was visiting the different buildings in Williamsburg. We not only slept in colonial homes and inns, but we ate at taverns and were entertained by actors who recreated the experience of living them for us.  For example, we ate at Christiana Campbell's Inn and met the lady herself and her daughter, Molly.  Molly could be seen many nights at Chowning's Tavern. Some of us resided at the Chiswell-Bucktrout House, The Brickhouse Tavern, and the Market Tavern. Our accommodations were reminiscent of pictures I had seen of actual homes during that time. Of course one amenity we had that people during the 1700s did not have was a bathroom and shower. Thankfully we did not have to use a chamber pot or brass tub.

Brickhouse Tavern

Chiswell-Bucktrout house

Christiana Campbell

Christiana Campbell's Tavern

authentic 4 poster bed

real hurricane lamp 

hallway from Brickhouse Tavern

the King of Arms Tavern

Market Street Tavern


Raleigh Tavern

stairwell at Chiswell

Inside view of first floor at Chiswell
There are many more pictures to show where we stayed and what we ate.  If you read my other posts you can see many of those pictures and learn some awesome facts.

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