Thursday, May 5, 2011

This is just one of the many carriages and other horse drawn conveyances we saw as we walked about Colonial Williamsburg.

Two of Williamsburg's unruly citizen's, found guilty of some petty crime and placed in the stocks in the public square as punishment. One appears to be trying to break out!

Yes, as you can see, there are some individuals walking the streets of Colonial Williamsburg who are not in proper dress for the period. These two look very much like tourists!

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.

Elmer and Sue Hodge met while attending William & Mary University in Williamsburg as students. That is why they picked this famous old church as the place for their wedding.

We were happy we could be with them to take this picture.

After their conversion to the restored gospel, some years later, they would travel to Utah to be endowed and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

Their student days at William & Mary and their time in Williamsburg remains a very happy memory for them. We could see why. It is such a beautiful place.

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.

From the Chesapeake Bridge we could see numerous cargo vessels, well off, out in the great expanse of ocean, approaching Chesapeake Bay area.

Here we are, driving through one of these two-mile long tunnels, under the Chesapeake Bay. Very impressive!