Day 2: June 3, 2005
Rain in 1774



I backtracked just a bit to check out this diner I had noticed last evening. It was certainly worth it. The Blue Star has been in business in this spot with the same owner since 1963. I don't believe many travelers stop here any more and it has become a place where everybody knows your name - and your car. Regulars are usually recognized as they pull into the parking lot and have their coffee waiting by the time they reach the counter.

US-60 passes right through Williamsburg and I decided to pass the day there. It has been on my "to do" list for a long time and, scheduling wise, this was the perfect opportunity. My son and his wife were busy until mid-afternoon and the historic town is less than twenty miles away. Weather wise it was not so perfect. It was not actually raining when I reached the Visitor's Center at Colonial Williamsburg but puddles stood on and around the 3-D map outside. I bought my ticket, caught a shuttle, and started my visit with a short orientation walk. Incidentally, in what could be coincidence or an intentional connection with the past, the present day cost of admission is exactly the same amount as the original construction cost of the entire 18th century town.

Williamsburg was the capital of the Colony of Virginia during the American Revolution. When the capital was moved to Richmond in 1781 its importance immediately dropped and its  decline began. Its revival started in 1926 with a lot of Rockefeller money. Existing buildings were restored and other buildings were reconstructed on their original locations. Three buildings that played significant roles in Williamsburg and United States history are the Governors Palace, the Magazine, and the Capitol. The Magazine is restored. The other two are reconstructions.

Of course one of the attractions of Colonial Williamsburg is the presence of people practicing and displaying the trades and other occupations of the 1700s.

You can ride around town in 18th century style or interact with 18th century town folk. That big line is for a mock trial inside the courthouse.

This is not a reconstruction or even a restoration. This is Bruton Parish Church; In constant use since 1715.

Archeological research continues today as evidenced by this ongoing dig of Mr. Charlton's Coffeehouse.

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