Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Tom and Jonathan pet the oxen at The Plantation. Deb's glad she's...

This man explained the role of tobacco in the economy. The building...

Walking under the bridge to the settlement. Jonathan is just mesmerized by...

The carriages take people on tours around the settlement.

The Governor's Palace from the end of the Palace Green.

Governor's Palace.

Drum Corp Parade. You can see turet of the Magazine building in...

These were 3rd through 8th grade kids. A very special event for...

Tom put Jonathan up on his shoulders so he could see. People...

Turning up toward the Governor's Palace. Off to our Crystal Concert now!

Ben Franklin's Armonica. Shaped like bowls, spun with a foot pedal that...

Playing the Crystal Violin.

The drama we saw later in the afternoon. Telling the men what...

Discussion continues about whether or not General Washington is correct in his...

The women discuss how the war is affecting things on the homefront....

The woman in the green talks to her daughter about having to...

The tree EVERYBODY took a picture of. Beautiful!


Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Outdoor World, Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg

We drove over to Colonial Williamsburg this morning. When we went inside, we went to the information desk and the gentleman that helped us asked if either of us were Veterans. Tom had served two years in the Air Force and had been in the Army National Guard so all he had to do was show his card and we all got three day passes to Colonial Williamsburg for the three day weekend. That was a nice surprise!

We chose to walk up to the main part of the settlement instead of take the bus because it allowed us to stop at The Plantation on the way. The people who were working and speaking there did a great job of explaining what life was like in that era and what people's roles were. There were a couple of men talking about the role of slaves at that time and what life was like for slaves living on plantations. There was a set of oxen, so we learned a little bit about them. Men were demonstrating how they made shingles for their roofs and how to dry tobacco. We walked on up the downtown area of Williasburg.

There was a drum corp that was going to be marching soon after we got there so we made it down to the end of town where that would be happening.

Next it was off to the Kimball Theatre to see Dean Shostak's Crystal Concert. The main instrument in this concert was one of Benjamin Franklin's inventions, the Glass Armonica. The concert also featured Glass English Handbells, a Japanese Glass Violin and a fairly new instrument called a French Cristal BASCHET. It looked a little like a piano in terms of it's shape but was played by wetting your hands and sliding them across bars of crystal. Jonathan was just mesmerized. He said that was one of his favorite parts of the day.

We walked back up to the other end of town where there was a drama going on called Revolutionary City. The dramas continued throughout the course of the day and were based on a specific time in history. It was taking place right out on the street. The actors would ride horses up in the middle of the street to make announcements. The actors and actresses all had microphones on so people could hear them well. At one point, a woman in costume stepped over to ask us to move to a porch nearby because the next scene was going to be where we were standing. We found ourselves standing right next to the sound guy, sitting on the porch with his laptop on his knees. Tom and I looked at each other and just laughed. That just seemed appropiate.

We had received a phone call during the day from Lara Miller, the family we met the other night, asking if we would like to get together, so we made plans for after dinner. Once we were finished with dinner, we called to get directions and headed that way. The kids were excited to see one another. Joe was out by the fire and I joined Lara inside for a little while. We all ended up sitting out by the fire and visiting until the fire went out then kept talking inside while the kids watched a movie together. Fun night. We are pretty sure we will see one another again in Florida in January if all goes well.



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