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by lazy summers
February 8, 2003
From journal Week in Willamsburg VA
October 11, 2002
The site is a fascinating blend of four centuries. The reconstructed slave quarter, which you see on your walk to the main house, is staffed with interpreters who are more than willing to talk about the life of a slave in 18th century Virgina. The small rustic cabins in which the slaves lived are a striking conrast to the elegant main house beyond.
The main house is decorated as it was in the 1930's, when it was purchased and restored by the McCrea family - an interesting look at how the well-to-do of the early 20th century romanticized the lives of the well-to-do of the early 18th century.
In the vast "front yard" of the house, which is bordered by the James, stands the reconstructed pieces of Wolstenholme Town and the Winthrop Rockefeller Archaeology museum, where artifacts recovered at the site are displayed.
Wolstenholme Town takes you back to the earliest days of Virgina, and plaques placed throughout the sight tell the tale of the settlement and its eventual demise following a Native American uprising. I found the bits and pieces of reconstructed stockade at Wolstenholme Town the most evocative site I visited in Williamsburg. As I stood on the gun platform, peering over the rough-hewn boards of the stockade towards the sun setting over the James, I had a sudden flash of what it must have been like to live in a tiny outpost, in what you consider to be a wholly uncivilized land.
Note that Carter's Grove will be closing in 2003 for renovations and will remain closed of 2 to 3 years, so if you want to see the site, you have to hurry up and go or be prepared to wait.
From journal Colonial Williamsburg
Overland Park, Kansas
May 5, 2002
The slaves quarters for the slaves have been reconstructed on the site where they originally were when the Plantation was in operation.
There are interpreters on the site to explain the various areas, in particular, the slaves quarters and main building.
On some weekends, Civil War Reenactors can be found camping on the Plantation. We were fortunate enough to visit on one of these weekends and it was quite educational to see these reenactors recreating what life would have been like for the soldiers during that time.
We had a special experience in this area as one of the guides we had toured in Colonial Williamsburg with during the week was one of the Reenactors on site during the weekend and it made it real easy to talk to him and ask questions. If only history had been as interesting in school as they make it in Colonial Williamsburg and Carter's Grove.
Plan on at least half a day for Carter's Grove, particularly if a reenactment is going on.
From journal Williamsburg, Virginia, a Place of History