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Mary Graham

Holly Springs, North Carolina

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Colonial Williamsburg

101A Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, Virginia

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Visited: 2013-03-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-04 16:46:50.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

History for the Curious Mind

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Our family of four (mom, dad, dd8 and dd11) visited for a weekend in March 2013. We stayed in a suite at the Williamsburg Lodge (Queen bedroom, pull out queen sofa in living room). The Lodge was lovely - great service and nicely appointed rooms. The free breakfast was the best I ever had at a hotel. We also enjoyed the Friday Seafood Buffet with fresh crab legs and scallops cooked to order. Colonial Williamsburg offers a glimpse of our country just before the Revolution. If you are curious about the trades (blacksmith, gunsmith, weaving, shoemaking etc) or about our country's founding this is an enjoyable destination. The workers here are knowledgeable and you can learn a great deal if you ask lots of questions. We learned about lockmaking at the blacksmith and about medicines of the day at the Apothecary. We watched paint being mixed at the Wheelwright and cloth being woven at the Weavers. We love the atmosphere - peaceful and quiet except for the Fife & Drum parade each day and the occasional cannon fire. This was our 3rd trip with our children and the always ask to return.

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Expect to be a participant - if you wait to be wowed or entertained - you will probably be bored. Ask questions! Our kids have learned to ask the tradespeople. Eat at a Tavern and enjoy the music of the era for entertainment. We enjoyed "Dance, our Dearest Diversion" at the Capitol and our youngest got to dance a country dance with the actors. The Williamsburg Lodge has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool but they are across the street. There are changing rooms.

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