While walking toward the Governor's palace, we noticed this gentleman, seated on a bench on the breezeway of a house. We engaged him in conversation. He said his name was Carter. He was a member of the House of Burgesses of Colonial Virginia, a plantation owner with 300 or so slaves working his fields and caring for his holdings. He was so entirely convincing in his manner that you felt you were actually talking to a man of distinction in the Williamsburg of 1776.
This is the Governor's mansion, where, in colonial times, the British Governor of Virginia lived and wielded his power over the rights and privileges of the American colonists.
Sue, because of her extensive knowlege of the place and time, told us the last British governor, Lord Dunsmore, was roundly dispised by the colonists for his arrogant superiority. We were pleased to have her for our guide.
The gentleman who was conducting tours of the chapel, when he learned Elmer and Sue had been married there, escorted them to the front of the sanctuary and permitted us to take a photo of them where the marriage ceremony took place.
We saw pews with the names of Washington and Jefferson afixed, as their designated places to sit during religious service.
Tuesday, May 3, was such an enjoyable, educational day! After a comfortable night in a local hotel we spent the day walking the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, where so much of early American colonial history took place. Through the handsome financial gifts of men like John D. Rockafeller, this historic community has been preserved and maintained as it would have appeared in those early colonial days. Three thousand employees, actors, interpretors, workers and tradespeople, all in period costume, help to create an atmosphere that transports the visitor back in time. They speak, dress and act their parts as if they were really living in the Williamsburg of Washington and Jefferson's day. It is such worthwhile thing to be here and see this place in our history.
This is the ancient Anglican church in Williamsburg, where Washington, Jefferson and others of our founding fathers attended. It also happens to be the place where Elmer and Sue Hodge were first married! How special for us to be with them on this return visit, after many years.