Sunday, July 2, 2017

Smithfield, Crabs, Windsor Castle, and George Washington

For Fourth of July weekend we visited Smithfield, which is across the James River from Jamestown.

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I've always been beguiled by this hotel in the water when I see it in advertising. (It's much smaller in person, with the context of boats!)

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After lunch we walked along the boardwalk that spanned the wetlands...

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There were lots of crabs below...

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The path took us to Windsor Castle, an 18th century plantation. Many of the outbuildings are from the 19th and 20th century. The plantation is currently undergoing restoration.

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Just more proof that 18th century buildings often had more than one room.

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It was a very hot and humid day. We drove back into town for some ice cream.

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While cooling off with ice cream, I noticed that statue across the street. I had to check it out. I had assumed this was George Mason. After all, we were near Mason St.

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I loved the attention to detail...

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The detail in those ruffles...

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The tricorn hat...and the Constitution...

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Loved this brick wall on Mason Street.

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See...Mason Street! Had to be George Mason represented in that bronze.

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But the website says George Washington. I'd have visited Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson if I had known about them. I had gone to the visitor center and collected brochures, but I didn't find any of this information except on-line after quite a bit of searching. Besides, the hot and humid day was about to become stormy, and it was a long drive home.

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