Wanted: woman who enjoys traveling and especially historical landmarks and sites. Must love to take lots of pics! 🙂
Ok, that wasn’t the want ad I answered when I met my hubby, but it could have been. We are two history buffs to the extreme.
Last week, The Hubbs and I went to Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown to celebrate our 21st Anniversary.
But, because I took over 300 pictures (what????) –
I decided I better thin them out to around 100.
haha. Just kidding. There’s only 98. 🙂
House after house after house…
For a history buff and a picture taking buff… it is
a veritable buffet of landscapes and architectural beauty.
I was fascinated with all the details…such as the hand-forged ironwork and moss-covered shingle shake roofs.
I wanted to bring it all home with me and apply it to our own house.
With over 178 acres to roam, and almost 200 homes (not all are open to the public) – you cannot help but get drawn into the past and this world that existed over 300 years ago.
The largest of the structures is The Governor’s Palace.
Who is that handsome man standing out front? Is it the Governor? 🙂
Obviously, this home was as opulent as one would expect of a Governor’s home, who at the time happened to be a Scottish Lord.
I was amazed at the number of historians and staff, many of whom actually lived on-site in some of the homes which were not open to the public.
For example, there is a whole staff that studies nothing but paint….
…. and another team who studies nothing but fabrics and wallpapers. Many of the prints you
see have been painstakingly researched and recreated thru tiny snippets of salvaged samples.
And if the architectural and design details aren’t enough, you are enveloped by the history and the fact that in this very place, the fight for America and a free country took place on the very grounds you were walking.
The guides who lead you thru the homes are full of knowledge and stories and are quite the characters. They made the whole experience that much more enjoyable.
For example, I did not know that the word “o’clock” derived from (for example) “two on the clock.” They were quite entertaining and all stayed within character throughout the tours.
The gardens of the Palace were equally beautiful… plus they offered some much-needed shade and a chance to catch our breath and hydrate on this very warm day.
After a tour of The Capital Building, we walked down Main Street and did a bit of shopping and enjoyed a lemonade. It was easy to imagine men and women and children milling about the shops and sidewalks, with horses and carriages filling the bustling streets – carrying on trade and living the day to day life in this Colonial town.
After making our way around town, we came upon a home which was set quite a bit off the street. It wasn’t a super imposing home, but you could tell it encompassed a large amount of land, and in its own way – it definitely stood out amongst the others.
Bassett Hall. One of the original 1700’s structures that remains intact.
You were greeted by a long drive that was surrounded by magnificent oaks and pastures…
– and these beauties.
I found this home and estate fascinating. We stayed here longer than any other structure. We learned all about Colonial Williamsburg, and how in the 20’s and 30’s – this once proud and magnificent historical town had fallen into disrepair and was basically, nothing more than a shanty town.
Then, along came the Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, who along with his wife and $68 million dollars – salvaged, rebuilt and created what is now known as Colonial Williamsburg.
Bassett Hall is the home that Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller lived in during the Spring and Fall months during the renovation and afterwards. David, their eldest son, is said to say that Bassett Hall was actually his parent’s favorite home of all their quite elegant and posh homes that they owned. Once you walk upon the grounds of Bassett Hall… you understand.
Quiet. Solitude. Peaceful. Timeless.
The guide said that 90% of the home is in its original state when Mrs. Rockefeller passed away, and the home was gifted to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
It was a family home, and Mrs. Rockefeller filled it with cherished family antiques and lots of folk-art which she loved to collect.
The most formal room of the home, naturally, is the Dining Room. You can see that the table is set with her favorite china and monogrammed “R” napkins.
But, me being a major foodie – you know I was completed fascinated with the Kitchen. I could have moved right in and been very happy preparing meals in this 1930’s kitchen.
I adored this Butler’s Pantry filled to the brim with a dainty patterned china, which the guide said was their “everyday” set. 🙂
But, the sink…. oh my!
And just look at the stove…
I was fascinated at the authentic details…
The estate originally had almost 1000 acres, and amazingly almost 600 acres still remain.
At the end of an extremely fascinating day of history… we ended up at Merchant Square which is located just outside of Colonial Williamsburg.
Merchant Square consists of quaint shops and restaurants and sidewalk cafes, and they are celebrating their 85th Anniversary.
While certainly not at old as the original town, it has its own charm – and as dusk settled in and a storm rolled into town… the glow of outdoor lamps and shop lights flooded the streets, creating an almost magical setting.
The perfect place to toast 21 incredible years with the love of my life!
Thank for you coming along with me on this tour of Colonial Williamsburg. I highly encourage you to visit this site if you ever get the opportunity. You will not be disappointed in the least.
Have a blessed week! xxoo, Barb
Join me tomorrow for Tasty Tuesday. I am going to be fixing up a pan of yummy Homemade Cream Corn. mmmm……
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