|Colonel George Washington|
Afterwards we went to the Capitol to get a good spot for the beginning of Revolutionary City. All the actor interpreters stand around to "control" the crowds, while engaging with each other and the crowds about the current events. My dh found Patrick Henry and told him that our son had memorized his "Give Me Liberty or Death" speech and recited it with great fervor at our last history presentation. Patrick Henry came over to meet my son!
|Meeting Patrick Henry|
Patrick Henry was quite impressed that someone was following in his footsteps. After chatting with my son, Patrick Henry predicted that forceful exclamations would more than likely proceed from his mouth later. ;)
To our surprise, a herald swiftly rode up and loudly proclaimed the arrival of Lord Dunmore, Royal Governor of Williamsburg. (The timeframe is now May 26, 1774.) Once again none of us were ready to get his picture...so here he is waiting for the Governor's arrival.
Soon the angry governor made his appearance.
|The Royal Governor Arrives|
The House of Burgesses was waiting for him outside.
|House of Burgesses|
The governor was angry that the House of Burgesses was protesting the closing of Boston Harbor and the British Parliament's new tax on tea. While the governor expressed his outrage for the lack of support, we booed!
After the governor left, the House of Burgesses discussed their reaction. Of course Patrick Henry had a few things to say!
|Patrick Henry and Mr. Randolph|
Lines were drawn and while many in the House of Burgesses decided to protest the tax on tea, John Randolph, Virginia's attorney general, decided to remain loyalist. His wife and daughter followed him. His brother, Peyton Randolph, speaker of the House of Burgesses, became a patriot and chaired the First Continental Congress. John Randolph's son, Edmund, was a patriot and later became aide-de-camp to General Washington.
|The Randolph Family|
From here we went to Raleigh Tavern. The time is now April 29, 1775. Governor Dunmore has further enraged the citizens of Williamsburg by having the gunpowder removed from the magazine.
As Peyton Randolph prepares to leave for the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Mann Paige hurriedly arrives on horseback with news of the battles of Lexington and Concord. The people want to gather arms to go to war. I tried looking this up but couldn't find anything. But as I recall, Mann Page is told to ride to Fredericksburg (100 miles) to tell the men not to bear arms. In frustration, Mann Page gallops away on his horse.
Later my dd and I had to hurriedly run out of the way. A loyalist was about to be tarred and feathered! The timeframe was September 3, 1775.
|Tar and Feathers|
The loyalist finally promised that he would renounce his ways and he was spared the humiliation.
|Nope, No Tar and Feathers|
|Fife and Drum Corps|
Now it was May 15, 1776. Here we met with patriot statesmen of Virginia who explain that they have unanimously approved a resolution to break ties with England. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention have been instructed to introduce a motion for independence. Edmund Randolph is on the left and Patrick Henry is in the middle.
|Virginia Declaration of Rights|
The British Union Jack was taken down from the top of the Capitol, and a new flag of independence was raised!
Wow, once again, I was fired up! Huzzah!
That afternoon we went to the Kimball Theater to meet with the Marquis de Lafayette.
|Marquis de Lafayette|
|General Lafayette Meets my Son|
They posed for my dh to take a picture. All the ladies who were around (some were teachers) loved the pose and oohed and ahhed. They asked them to stay put so they could take pictures too!
|French American Alliance|
Meeting the Marquis was the highlight of the vacation for all of us! And I must say, I am quite impressed with his knowledge of the Hundred Years' War! ;)
Afterwards we walked around town and saw more sights. We took a closer look at the architectural digs at the Coffee House.
They will begin rebuilding and the Coffee House should be open for business in 1 1/2 years. Since I don't like coffee, I am glad they will be selling tea and chocolate.
|Coffee House Archaeological Dig|
We didn't get pictures of everything but we visited some of the colonial shops and got some colonial chocolate for a snack. They often grated the chocolate on a nutmeg grater, so the chocolate would pick up flavors from other spices. So this was a spiced chocolate that we were eating. Different but tasty!
We watched the silversmith work. His talk was highly entertaining and interesting. We visited the printer/binder. We went to the cabinet maker shop. Inside is a real harpsichord! We had fun playing on that! At the end of the day, the drum and fife corps played through town. Can't get enough of them!
|Fife and Drum Corps|
That evening we got sandwiches from the infamous Cheese Shop. I tasted my first Virginia Ham and it is very salty, but absolutely delicious! A little goes a long way!
Finally we attended a harp recital at Bruton Parish Church. Many famous patriots attended this church. The church continues to be a working church today. The only lighting is by candlelight. What a soothing ending to an incredible day.