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Colonial Williamsburg Collage

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An October 2007 trip to Williamsburg by two cruisers

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Quote: If you find history, art, or food interesting Williamsburg is the place for you. If you go in October the weather is great, too.

Colonial Williamsburg Collage

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Overview

Past and Present  Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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In 1971 we visited Colonial Williamsburg for two days and decided we wanted to come back for a whole week. Well, here it is 2007 and we finally made it! A lot has changed in 36 years, but at Colonial Williamsburg a lot has stayed the same. For instance, at the Visitors Center you can still watch the same orientation movie! We selected the Freedom pass, which is for a whole year, but price wise was cheaper than buying multiple one day or two day passes. Your picture is taken and printed on the pass just like a drivers license so it is not transferable. There are several other benefits to this pass such as 50% off evening Colonial Performances and access to Colonial Explorer Activities. We liked the...Read More

Chowning's Tavern

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Restaurant

Chowning's Tavern Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Chowning's has a great location in the historic district to be the mid-day meal stop for hordes of tourists. We knew from the guidebooks that this tavern was more for the common folk than the elegant Kings Arms. I had expected to be eating off pewter not paper plates. The garden venue offers a very casual, family oriented experience. I admit we were disappointed that during the day they didn’t also offer indoor service. We geezers prefer to sit on chairs rather than benches and prefer to be out of the heat. When guests arrive they join a line at a counter where orders are placed. Bill ordered a pulled-pork BBQ sandwich, cornbread muffin, pop and chips. I ordered the Brunswick stew and Appl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2007

Chowning's Tavern
403 Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-8610

Kings Arms Tavern

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Restaurant

Kings Arms Tavern Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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I have two words to share with you: Peanut Soup. The King’s Arms Tavern isn’t the only place in Virginia to serve this specialty but it the first place we had in 1971 and it’s the first thing I ordered when we ate here this trip. This tavern reflects the taste of the 18th century gentry that patronized it. The room we were seated in was elegantly appointed with cherry wood tables and chairs; marble mantled fireplace, deep red patterned wallpaper, and lovely colonial table service. This building is a reconstruction and is actually two or more buildings linked together. We noticed there was garden seating also, but I really liked being in one of the main dining rooms. I read in an old guidebook that ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

Kings Arms Tavern
409 Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-8610

Museum Cafe

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Restaurant

The Museum Cafe Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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They were very smart to place a café in the tri-museum complex. Because we could pause for lunch after visiting the Public Hospital and the Abby Rockefeller we became reenergized to stay for the DeWitt Wallace. Frankly I wasn’t expecting much from the cafeteria-style café. However we were surprised to get a tasty lunch at a reasonable price. Bill had a welcome change of fare with a plain hot dog with cheese, chips and a piece of coconut cream pie. I had a BBQ pulled pork sandwich with slaw and a banana. When we arrived we were the only customers, which helped when we had to make a decision going through the line. The dining area was comfortable with a view of the lower lobby. Before long t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Attraction | "Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum of American Folk Art"

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and her husband John D. Rockefeller, Jr. are largely responsible for the reconstruction and restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. In addition Abby had a large collection of American Folk Art. Her husband established this museum in 1957 to honor Abby and donated the collection. We have been to other museums and seen items on display that were on loan from this collection. It has an excellent reputation. Abby’s collection of over 400 pieces has now grown to 4,000. With this much inventory they probably can change displays often.Americana is a broad title into which falls primitives, paintings, advertising art, toys, musical instruments, furniture, pottery, crockery...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2007

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
325 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction | "Colonial Williamsburg, Part 1"

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The first thing we thought about when planning this trip, was the opportunity to see the architecture of the era and the sites where history took place. Colonial Williamsburg has a wealth of carefully researched, restored, and rebuilt buildings that capture the pre-revolutionary era of Virginia. The planners not only saved for us the historic Capitol and Governor’s Palace, they lavished over the details of shops, taverns, residences, public buildings and simple things like a well or a dovecot. Not only buildings were restored, but also gardens and some of the most beautiful trees have been preserved. At the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street tourists can observe an archeological dig taking place ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2007

Colonial Williamsburg
134 Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 4447-679

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction | "Colonial Williamsburg, Part 2"

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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One of the most rewarding experiences a tourist can have at Colonial Williamsburg is conversation. Throughout the village costumed interpretive guides are stationed. Some are the tour guides who show you through a building. At the Raleigh Tavern a young Black maid showed us to our rooms and told us about the work required of her and who the guests were. Downstairs two actor guides gave a running dialogue about life in Williamsburg when the Revolutionary War had American and British armies encamped nearby. They welcomed conversation and questions from the tourists.Another type of interpretive guide could be found in the shops and trade buildings. I had long conversations with a tai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2007

Colonial Williamsburg
134 Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 4447-679

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Attraction | "Dewitt Wallace Museum of Decorative Arts"

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The DeWitt Wallace collection of decorative art was overwhelming. He did have a few interesting pieces of a type of object…he had a plethora. Before we visited here I had never seen a nutmeg grinder. Now I can say I have seen dozens, all of them different. There are eleven galleries where more than 8,000 objects are displayed. Bill was very interested in the huge collection of guns, muskets, pistols, rifles and his favorite a blunderbuss. He also mentioned one gun that had an enormous caliber. I loved the yellow slipware display, the Toby jars, the silver punch strainers, and coffee and tea sets. A large gallery of Colonial furniture is arranged by colony and that was interesting to see how styles va...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
325 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction | "Public Hospital"

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Red bus to the Palace Stop. Blue bus to the Museum Stop. That’s how easy it is to get to three museums included in the price of the Colonial Williamsburg entrance ticket. We arrived at the Public Hospital a few minutes before it opened. That gave us time to admire the huge magnolia tree on the lawn at the corner of Francis and South Henry Streets. I had seen magnolias in bloom before with their big showing white blooms and deep dark green leaves. In the fall the trees are covered with huge clusters of red berries attached to a cone-like pod. It was almost as beautiful as the white blooms.Inside the Public Hospital of 1773 we had to put our carry-bags and water bottles in a locker. Then we w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

Colonial Williamsburg
134 Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 4447-679