Once we set our feet on the Duke of Gloucester Street, I felt like we entered a time warp back to the 1700's of Colonial America. This is considered a living museum, where history is reenacted. The streets were filled with visitors as well as interpreters.
When people first came to this country it was known as Virginia. A place filled with landscapes and oceanic views. Eventually, the borders expanded north, south, and west.
The first building we passed was the Capitol building, with fine round windows, and gardens in the back.
And a picturesque view from a doorway. But this was just the beginning of an adventure back in time.
James Innes came to our side of the street to rant about freedom, taxes, and tyranny. (This man is on the cover of Colonial Williamsburg, The official Guide and yes I have a copy, even if it is for the picture of him that I wanted the book)
As various points were debated, Patrick Henry contributed with, "Hear, Hear or Aye". (famous for the quote: "Give me liberty of give me death.")
And a young Thomas Jefferson was present trying to persuade the audience to agree with his side of the argument. (Monticello, the home of Jefferson is not far from Williamsburg)
Lord North's effigy was boo'd and hissed at while we watched this demonstration. I loved every minute of it.
There were garden paths that led to inner places of extreme beauty.
And the innermost gardens are filled with flowers, bushes, and statues.
One day was not enough to spend in such an historic place and to be able to comprehend the chain of events which brought our country to its present state.
The price to get into the buildings is a bit steep, but in my mind it is well worth it. You can come and walk around and view the demonstrations for free and also eat at any of the taverns, plus, a small park it located close to the end of the Duke of Gloucester Street for picnics. The William and Mary College is at the end of Merchants Square. A student will give you a free tour of the building. Filming of the series Turn: Washington Spies was done in the Wren building.
But more than this, my Campbell relatives had their beginnings in Virginia. That is why I came.