We left Wellsboro at 6:00 AM on Friday and drove to Country Cupboard in Lewisburg, one of my favorite places to eat. I purchased Karen Kingsbury's newest book to read on the bus and Lou is taking a break from William Johnstone's westerns to read Clive Cussler's The Race and we were ready for the long ride ahead.
Maria had prepared our lunches for us, which were delicious. She had packed various cheeses, summer sausages, apples slices, home made Christmas cookies and some Christmas Candies with our choice of drinks. We ate at a road side rest, the weather was great, so we all had time to stretch our legs and and enjoy our surroundings.
After finishing dinner we walked to the tree lighting at the Victory Monument through historic Yorktown. On this walk, Lou lost his camera case which housed two SD cards. This procession was led by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown. Which I was not able to capture with a picture.
On the waterfront in Yorktown, there were many shops and we found this statue of George Washington that had been welded together. Many small maritime museums that we went into were interesting also, but we just had a few minutes before we were to catch the bus back to the hotel and it was getting cold by this time.
Saturday, December 1st
After enjoying a buffet breakfast at our hotel we were off to Colonial Williamsburg. If you have not been there before, you park outside and must walk or go my horse, there are no vehicles allowed which add to the ambivalence of the area. We were scheduled for a three hour guided tour, and were split up into two groups, I think our tour guide was just perfect. It was easy to tell she loved what she her position.
Our first stop was the Capitol and that is where Virginia patriots developed principles of self-government, individual liberty and responsible leadership.
|This lady is the head Silver Smith|
|The rifles, swords and pistols|
on the chair, as they are having a ball that evening and we are all guests getting a bird's eye view of what happens prior to the ball.
After leaving the Palace we walk back our toward the main area of of Williamsburg, and it has taken us a total of three hours thus far. We walk past the house where the movie of the Americian Girl Doll movie Felicity was filmed. My granddaughter, Michelle has the doll and she and I have made many clothes for Felicity so I had to take a picture of the house for her.
|Felicity (Americian Girl Movie)|
After leaving our tour, we had free time to each lunch and shop. Janet and Brion has suggested a place to eat and the name of the the tavern was Chownings Tavern, and even though Lou and I were hurting from the walking, we walked back to the Tavern we found there was a 25 minute wait, we decided we would put our name on the list and wait and were ever glad we waited.
I enjoyed a glass of Governors White wine that was made in Williamsburg and Lou had Legend Brown ale. Lou enjoyed a salad with a delightful short rib sandwich. I tried something that I had never had before and that was creamy peanut soup which was wonderful. It was served with hard bread and freshly ground peanuts sprinkled on top and I also had a salad. The Tavern was wonderful. Anyone that knows me, knows I love antiques and anything primitive and that was the Tavern complete with pewter, candles and such. I was very much at home. While we dined we listened to Christmas music being played on a guitar in our dining room. All was very restful and entertaining and we were ready for the rest of the afternoon.
After leaving Chownings, we went to the Spinning Shop, I had to have a picture of the wreath, you will notice that it was made with hand spun textiles, cotton blooms and the regular greens. At the shop they were spinning cotton, which I found interesting, as I have only spun wool. They has Leicester sheep on their farm, which made perfect sense as they come from England and are known for their wool. I had one, but did not keep her long, as she was very vocal. Betsy went to the lamb pool.
After leaving the Spinning Shop we took in the sights as we made our way back to the bus pick up spot, out time at Colonial Williamsburg coming to a conclusion for today.
|Mode of Travel|
|Ladies in Period Clothing|
These are the Dickens Christmas Entertainers at The Boxwood Inn. Here we enjoyed a glass of wine with our dinner that was a gift from our hostess, Maria and our menu for the evening was a winter salad, potato and leek soup, shepherd's pie and for dessert was Christmas pudding with English custard and coffee. We had a marvelous time there thanks to the four ladies that were also guests at the Inn. They sat at the table adjoining our table and they were a hoot. They called themselves SLUTS meaning Stressful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress. They get together for a weekend away together just to unwind and that they did and we unwound with them. What a delight!!
Sunday, December 2nd.
We were up early and enjoyed another delicious breakfast at our hotel and on the bus and headed fro a guided tour of Jamestown Settlement. As many of you know Jamestown Settlement commemorates the first permanent English settlement in the New World. We were able to see replicas of the three ships that arrived in 1607. I think I was the most impressed by the ships as anything we saw. To actually board the ships and see the crude ways the settlers endured the many months. History certainly came to life for me.
|This is the ship that we boarded|
|You can see the cannons ready to fire if needed|
|The Captain, welcoming us to his ship, he had a mountain of information to share with us.|
|A deer hide drying|
|Scraping the deer hide with a sea shell|
|Indian Home that is made from reeds that grow in the marsh|
|One of the houses, note the roof, it is also made from the reeds from the marsh|
|One of the guards and his musket|
On the way home from the Jamestown Settlement we stopped at Cookes Christmas Gifts and Collectibles. It was an interesting place to tour, very similar to our Fifth Season in Wellsboro. Lou and I did purchase some primitive bells for our Christmas tree. We traveled back to our hotel to rest a bit before going back to Colonial Williamsburg for the GRAND ILLUMINATION.
We left our hotel at 4:00 so Dave could get a good place to park the bus, hoping those of us who didn't want to walk a long ways could stay on the bus until it was time for the entertainment to start. Great Plan!!
|This is the Capitol and the fireworks were all around it|
|No picture could capture what we saw!!|
At 7:30 we were back on the bus and on our way to Captain George's Buffet for a seafood dinner. Lou was in 7th heaven. Oh my, what a dinner we enjoyed, if it was seafood, they had it and I think Lou ate it. He was the last one to finish and probably the one that enjoyed it the most. Every kind of dessert one could think of also. I enjoyed Lady Baltimore cake for dessert.
Monday - December 3rd
We set our luggage outside our door and left for our last breakfast at our hotel, boarded our bus and set out for Charles City, VA where we stopped at the Edgewood Plantation. It was once the ancestral home of U.S. Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout its dramatic history, it has served as a church, post office and a telephone exchange.
As we stood in the breathtaking hallway and listened to the homeowner talk about how she became the owner, I was enthralled with her story, Lou had pulled me up to him and had his arms wrapped around me, he whispered in my ear "do you want me to have Dave take our bags off the bus?" I sure could have stayed, what a place, inside and out. You can see from the pictures. We enjoyed spiced cider and homemade cookies before leaving.
|The owner on the staircase that goes up three floors|
|The living room|
|One of the many Christmas trees. She does all of her own decorating|
|One of the bedrooms up stairs - second floor|
|Another bedroom on second floor|