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I’m outta here today. But before I go, I wanted to pass along a few random photos and thoughts about Colonial Williamsburg. It’s definitely worth a visit. The length of your stay will really depend on the depth of your curiosity about colonial times. I’m sure some people go into every building, attend every special demonstration, and engage all of the “interpreters.” (That’s right you guys. These people in colonial garb are not mere actors. They are INTERPRETERS). Anyway, I am not one of those people. I really loved the experience, but a weekend was all I needed.
I did make a point of visiting the African American Religion Exhibit. A little disappointing – even when I put it in context. The exhibit, located inside the former First Baptist Church, is on a side street on the edge of Williamsburg. The building is small. Okay, that’s realistic right? I imagine that’s completely historically accurate. The exhibit itself leaves something to be desired. There’s a bible on display, and a few banners with quotations from historians. And….scene. I understand that recreating these communities depends largely on the historical records left behind, and given the status of African Americans in colonial times, it’s very unlikely that they left extensive written records. Still, I wanted more. Especially when you compare the little Baptist church with Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish Church. Take a look:
Inside the little spinning/weaving workshop. Thank God it’s a lot simpler now. It takes me forever to finish a sweater as it is. Can you imagine if I had to spin and dye the wool first?
The Playbooth Theatre: All Shows Weather Permitting. Remember – there are no small stages, only small actors. Or something.