April 25, 2015
April 24, 2015
The entry gate to and weather vane on the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg are adorned with royal trappings; each bearing a crown and the weather vane the initials "GR" for George Rex.
April 23, 2015
The English flag flies over the site of the original 1607 fort on Jamestown Island. The perimeter has been identified except for that portion lost to erosion along the banks of the James River.
April 21, 2015
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We took this photo some time ago but, with the weather quickly warming, realized that hats of all varieties will soon be the style again, particularly in Colonial Williamsburg where they just lend to the experience.
April 17, 2015
This "chia" dog used to stand outside of Aroma's, a popular coffeehouse and restaurant near the colonial district. It has been replaced with two cute metal puppies. Dogs are welcome at the outside portion of the restaurant with water dishes provided.
April 16, 2015
April 15, 2015
Pocahontas stands vigil outside the walls of the fort at Historic Jamestown. She is fabled to have saved John Smith from her father's effort to kill him and married John Rolfe. She died in England and, as we understand, another of this statue stands in Graves End, England, looking back at this one.
April 14, 2015
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The interior of the original Jamestown settlement is marked by a number of crosses showing burial sites. When things were not going well with the Native Americans and there numbers were quickly dwindling from illness and supply shortages, the settlers buried their dead inside the fort so the Native Americans would not know how few remained.
April 10, 2015
One of the most popular daily events for tourists in Colonial Williamsburg is the fife and drum corps parading down Duke of Gloucester Street.
April 9, 2015
Colonial Williamsburg recreates history on a daily basis. From time to time, that recreation includes the appearance of historical figures. In this example, the Marquis de Lafayette addresses the colonial troops while his aide dutifully looks on.
April 8, 2015
This gregarious greeter is tasked with keeping all tourists who want to visit the Colonial Courthouse inlcuding those in their own backyars.
April 7, 2015
Historic Jamestown, site of the first permanent English settlement in the United States in 1607, is an active archaeological dig location. Visitors can watch the work as history is uncovered.
April 6, 2015
In the early morning chill, at the site of the original fort built by the 1607 settlers, we took part in an Easter Sunrise Service yesterday. The event is presented by a group of local clergy and included singing and an excellent message for the several hundred people gathered for the service.
April 5, 2015
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April 3, 2015
Colonial Williamsburg provides a glimpse into colonial living each day, however, as the weather warms the tourist come in ever increasing numbers. This photo, from a few April's ago, shows the activity on Duke of Gloucester Street. The Capitol building at the far end, is about one mile from where we snapped the shot.
April 1, 2015
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Busch Gardens is open, which means dancing in traditional costumes, music, food, games, fireworks, and fantastic roller coasters. A new launch coaster, Tempesto, will open in the coming weeks.