Monday, September 12, 2011

More Williamsburg

Our trip to Virginia continues with a day in Williamsburg learning about how the colonists lived 200-300 years ago. (Wow, I can't decide if that was a long time or a short time ago. Depends on what your perspective is when you are thinking about it.)
 These ladies taught us about spinning wool and cotton into yarn. They also told us how the men dyed and wove the yarn into cloth. Of course this shop was one of my faves.
 And the cobblers shop was amazing. It was actually cheaper to import from England than to have shoes made here because the supply was so limited.
 Austin thought the magazine house was interesting. This soldier told us all about the ammunition and musketry.
 I mentioned the wonderful brick work. I was intrigued by it as we walked through town. Wait till you see Kathryn making bricks.
 Everyone wore wigs, and these women told us all about wearing horse or human hair, and the advantages associated with each.
 Silversmiths were important to the 17th century population. They did amazing, intricate work.
 These woodworkers still do everything the old way. Kathryn thought it would be too tempting to not just run out to "Ace" (hardware store) once in a while.
 This Cooper was nice to me because I was SSOOO smart.
 Getting muddy while mixing clay for bricks.
 K had a fun time trying to get some elevation without falling. The kid next to her fell right into the mud.
 Bricks can be made any shape and these are the forms.
 They are fired for 5 days and the inner bricks get darker and stronger than the ones on the outside of the pile. There are 3 fires on the base of this. One fire for every 3,000 bricks.
 More picket fences and a handsome father with his cute daughter. The SIL and grandchildren are in the car having naps. Actually the SIL is not napping, he is probably watching an iPod movie or something. Nevertheless, he is a good sport to go to the car with the kiddles.
 The Hubby with the phone at his ear. Not an uncommon site.
I asked this colonist if he was supposed to be a beggar and he took great offense.  Nice guy. They all have terrible looking teeth. They must have a protocol to chew herbs or something before coming to work.

All in all this was a fun way to see and hear how they lived lives 200 plus years ago.


  1. being the cooper's class pet does not make you smarter than the rest of us. 'what do you mean GROW?!!' jerk.

    & i cannot believe that i got like no air whatsoever. it is hard to jump out of thick clay. :)

  2. so fun to see you and the hubby used to one or the other of you holding the camera! sounds like a way fun trip...and probably no-one got salmonella, eh? LOL