My husband treated me to a weekend in Colonial Williamsburg and I had the best time. I’ve always loved history, and Colonial Williamsburg makes all the books I’ve read truly come alive. What also made it fun for me on a personal level was that I had the Felicity American Girl Doll (whose story takes place in colonial Virginia) so I spend a good portion of the weekend saying, “It looks just like Felicity’s [fill in the blank]!”
The place contains both original and recreated homes, shops and government buildings from 1770s Virginia, as well as museums. What is truly special however is that the staff are walking around in authentic dress, playing the part of Williamsburg’s colonial residents. They answer questions and lead tours through the buildings, and are also making things in all of the shops. For instance, in the blacksmith shop people are there working as blacksmiths, and most of the things that they make are used to renovate all of the buildings. Even the staff member’s wigs are made by hand just like they did in colonial times!
Since it was my birthday my husband treated me and we stayed in a colonial home. It was right on the main street, and it’s believed that Thomas Jefferson stayed there. The room had a modern bathroom, but other than that it was basically a life sized version of Felicity’s room. I was in heaven, haha.
It was pretty cold out all weekend, so I bundled up in my wax finish fall coat and my favorite sweatshirt, the Cape Cod one by KJP. It’s so cozy and I love that font is a stylish, as opposed to touristy like most sweatshirts. I also pulled out my L.L.Bean boots for the first time since the streets were wet. I’ve never owned Bean boots before and I was pleasantly surprised with how comfortable the sole was. They kept my feet dry, of course, and relatively warm (though I will wear wool socks with them once it gets colder).
We can’t wait to go back and see all the sites we missed, and also visit Jamestown and Yorktown. All in all it was a magical and relaxing weekend, a birthday I will always cherish.