I am an unabashed supporter of Colonial Williamsburg, and I love the holiday season here. Before we moved to Williamsburg, we used to visit in December, usually in the week following Grand Illumination. This year, DH and I decided again to take a couple of days off to be tourists at Colonial Williamsburg in the week after Grand Illumination.
We started by just walking around for a while. We made a short visit to the basket maker and the resident cat in an outbuilding behind the Wythe House. Following that, we toured the Geddy House, home of a silversmith and his adjoining shop. All interpreters were just as I expected, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Following that, we attended a program at the Hennage in the Museums of CW, titled Mother, Sister, Wife, about the three most important women in George Washington's life. The setting was December 1783; they were anticipating his arrival after his farewell to his troops. The play itself was well done if a bit predictable, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the three women and the time period.
Then off to Christiana Campbell's for tea. Again, it was well done, as I have come to expect, but not as sumptuous as some teas I've had. The scones were more like the scones in America than in England, and there was no strawberry jam or clotted cream, so that was a bit disappointing. In addition to tea and tiny blueberry scones, there was also a small sweet potato muffin, delicious as always. The second tray was two small bread triangles, one with ham salad, the other with another type salad - don't remember for sure which kind - and a rectangular toasted bread with a generous dollop of cheddar spread. Lastly were desserts - a small chocolate cake, a ginger snap, a small chocolate cookie, and a holiday sugar cookie. The entertainment was fun; in all, I enjoyed it but probably wouldn't make a point of going again.
We also toured the Peyton Randolph house. The interpreter within the house was again very good. We stopped in the kitchen and watched the beginning of the preparation of puff pastry, and then visited the gunsmiths in a building in the Randolph complex.The tradesmen at work in the 18th century manner are always a pleasure to watch and learn from.
As we were going to our car, we passed by the Wetherburn tavern, where a tour was just beginning. We joined the tour; the guide was again enthusiastic and knowledgeable, as well as being a volunteer.
Today we began with breakfast at the Blue Talon Bistro; I can't recommend this enough! Then we walked up to the Palace for the appearance by Patrick Henry. He is one of the best interpreters on staff, and his talk today did not disappoint. Following his talk and a ramble through the maze, we took a tour of the Palace, something we hadn't done for a long time. The setting was January 1775, and preparations were underway for a ball to be held that evening in honor of Queen Charlotte's birthday as well as the christening of the Lord and Lady Dunmore's new baby, who will be named Virginia. Once again, we had an excellent interpreter guide.
We had hoped to tour the George Wythe house, but it wasn't open when we went by. Overall, I enjoyed our two days, and I am so happy that I live here and can easily do this again!