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.
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.
|Christiana Campbell's Tavern|
|authentic 4 poster bed|
|real hurricane lamp|
|hallway from Brickhouse Tavern|
|the King of Arms Tavern|
|Market Street Tavern|
|stairwell at Chiswell|
|Inside view of first floor at Chiswell|