Sunday, July 29, 2007


The mature trees lined the roads, providing shade and calming present as we drove towards Williamsburg, Virginia. It was a pleasant July morning.

The Historic Area has been restored to show case Williamsburg's 18th century glory as the capital of Great Britain's largest and wealthiest colony. There are stores, taverns, trade shops (dressmakers, blacksmiths), and demonstrations of how wooden wheels and carts were assembled. Visitors have many options of either walk around the town at their own pace or ride a horse-drawn carriage or stage wagon while learning how Virginians lived from 1699-1780.
We visited the Governor's Palace, the home of seven royal governors and Virginia's first two state governors, Patrick Hentry and Thomas Jefferson.

The above was re-enactment of when Lord Dunmore arrives in the Capitol, unhappy with the House of Burgesses for their protesting the closing of Boston Harbor by the British government. Confrontations on the streets between the patriots and the loyalists as the citizens of Virginia experienced the turmoil and challenges of a new society and government after the collapse of British Royal government.

In front of the House of Burgesses at the Capitol, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and other Virginia leaders debated the issues of freedom and liberties for Virginians. These events led to the declarations that the colonies were no longer under British rule and Virginians were citizens of a self-governing republic. The patriots were ready to break free from Great Britain and about to establish a free and independent United States of America. July 4, 2007 marks exactly 231 years since the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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