Down Memory Lane: Colonial Williamsburg

Scenes from our visit to Colonial Williamsburg. June 21, 2007.

In 2007 Betsy and I went to Virginia on our anniversary trip.  We went primarily because it was the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, but while we were in the area we also visited Yorktown and Williamsburg.

Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia from  1699 to 1780, when Virginia was the largest, most populous, and most influential of the American colonies.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and George Mason all spent time in Williamsburg during this time.

In 1780 the capital of Virginia was moved to Richmond and Williamsburg reverted to a simple, quiet college town, the home of the College of William and Mary.  In 1926 the rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg talked to John D. Rockefeller, Jr., about preserving the city’s historic buildings.  That was the beginning of Colonial Williamsburg, which today encompasses approximately 85 percent of the 18th-century capital’s area.

On our first day at Williamsburg we visited the Governor’s Palace, the Capitol, Bruton Parish Church and had lunch at the King’s Arms Tavern.  We also saw a performance by the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drums.

To see these pictures and others, click HERE.


I’m grateful to the young adults in the Sunday School class at Mom and Dad’s church who have taken Mom and Dad under their wing and are helping them with chores around the house.

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13 Responses to “Down Memory Lane: Colonial Williamsburg”

  1. storyteller Says:

    I remember visiting Williamsburg DECADES ago with my sister … perhaps in 1967? She’s just gone through all her slides and taken them to Costco to have them transferred to DVDs. I’m waiting to see the results before I invest the time … but I would enjoy being about to share old photos on my blogs. I love seeing pictures from trips you’ve taken with Betsy.

    I got carried away while sharing ‘tamale-making’ at Sacred Ruminations yesterday afternoon and evening … so this morning I’m trying to catch up on blog visits before the day actually begins … just a couple of blessings of this retired life 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

  2. Rose Says:

    How nice of the class to help with your mom and dad….I know it must be a relief to you to feel like someone helps them.

    Oh, I enjoyed your photos from Williamsburg!

  3. busy bee suz Says:

    This looks like a fun and educational trip.
    Oh, your parents must be angels…because they attract so many good folks to help them out!!!

  4. Karin Says:

    Catching up on blog visits! Enjoyed your posts and photos, always educational. Wonderful that the young folks are involved with seniors! That’s the passion of my heart! Enjoy your week-end!

  5. Tricia Says:

    Fantastic collage, George – I love the flag photo, quite appropriate!

  6. imac Says:

    Nice piece of history George, also nice there are peeps to help aging parents.

  7. Darla Says:

    Love the history. That is a beautiful thing to be grateful for.

  8. Cheryl Says:

    Thats another place to visit on my list!

  9. Happyone Says:

    I’ve been there a few times and always enjoy it.

  10. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: Such a neat place.

  11. Tootie Says:

    I’m sure your parents have done more than their share of helping others, now it’s their turn to be on the receiving end. 🙂 They must be very well thought of in their community.

  12. NCMountainwoman Says:

    We spent our honeymoon in Williamsburg and have returned many times. It’s a wonderful place to see.

  13. Down Memory Lane: A Second Day at Williamsburg « Senior Moments Says:

    […] couple of days ago I posted about our first day at Williamsburg.  Betsy and I went back a second day to see more of the historic […]

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