This past Sunday got to spend the day in Colonial Williamsburg! I have no idea if we'll get to return in December because college finals are late this year. Therefore we were looking forward to history, colonial atmosphere and an opportunity to shop for Christmas presents.
Looking at all the Christmas wreaths on the doors has become a fun tradition for us. Although they are not historically accurate to the 18th century, they were a concession during the restoration of the historic area in 1936. I wrote more about it here. It was a wonderful compromise for those who still lived in the restored historic area. We like to see the creativity. However we were sad that there weren't many wreaths on display. Even though many are up by Thanksgiving, the decorators have until Grand Illumination to finish hanging all the wreaths. That was another week away. At least we got to see a few.
We also got to see James Madison, set in 1773. He shared his fascinating with the study of liberty for mankind. With his collegiate studies complete, he was wondering what to do with his life.
He kept emphasizing his love of books. He was a lso quite articulate on his ideas of freedom, which many of us today recognize in the Constitution. Madison actually had his ideas that influenced the Constitution years before he helped to make them happen in 1787.
A cold front had begun to descend on the town so we escaped into the Silversmith Shop to keep warm.
Then of course we had to visit the milliner/tailor shop.
We got to visit with Colonel George Washington...
...and of course we did lots of shopping!