Richmond to Williamsburg

My host collected me from the bus station and I spent all evening watching one of 200 channels of television.
“We only have the basic package.”

The next morning I went to the Colonial Williamsburg area.  This is all built on the foundations of the original buildings and the modern shopping district is sympathetic in style.

Car free area

The main historic area is free to walk around but to go in to the buildings you need to buy a pass – $39/day.  I did not!

They have a lot of reenactors driving around on horses

The whole thing is well done and not at all like a MOTAT Live Day.

Inside the armoury (my only successful infiltration)

British weapons

They farm heritage breeds of cattle and sheep

Slave outbuildings

The Governor's Residence

A private dwelling. Note similarity to NZ colonial house!

Even the view from the overbridge is pretty!

If you are in a car there are some nearby Civil War redoubts.  On foot there is only one within a reasonable distance (2 miles)

Redoubt No. 1 from a line of 14

The earthworks are quite well preserved, due in part to the boardwalk.  The interpretation panels are ok but it would help to do a bit of reading first.

During the high season there is a shuttle bus to Yorktown and Jamestown but this stops on Oct 31 so I had no choice but to spend my time in Williamsburg.  They have a nice shopping area.  You MUST go to the ham, candy, and peanut shops for MEGA SAMPLING.  Ever tried a crab peanut?  Or Paula Deen’s barbeque nuts?  Another tourist looked at them and said, “What?  Are they cooked in butter?”

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