Monday, February 18, 2019

Colonial Williamsburg Valentine's Week


Grayden and I have a tradition of going to Colonial Williamsburg for the week around Valentine's Day.  We are only 100 miles from one of our favorite spots.  It's a wonderful place to take long walks.  Tidewater is certainly warmer than our home town as we get closer to the ocean.  Our visit included warm days and chilly days, but always walks down in the Colonial area.  Put on your walking shoes and take a stroll with us.


The sky is starting to brighten and we have many lovely homes and tradesmen to view.  Colonial Williamsburg is a step back into the 18th century in Virginia. 


Bruton Parish Church has been a house of worship for over 300 years in Williamsburg.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry worshiped here when the Virginia House of Burgesses was in session.


Across from the church there is a lovely garden that is still sleeping.




Tiny homes and larger homes line the street that add charm to Colonial Williamsburg.


The Governor's Palace is down the Palace Green.  This was the home of seven Royal Governors and the first two elected Governors of Virginia. 


Continuing on our walk we pass the many shops that still make products in the manner of the 18th century.


If you wish to bring your horse and buggy, there is a post for doing so. 


Or you can ride the streets in this chauffeured buggy.


We prefer walking on this beautiful day.  It's in the upper 50's and it feels like Spring is in the air!


There are guest houses one can rent if you are so inclined.




On Valentine's Day Grayden and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Chownings Tavern.


I always enjoy seeing the trees this time of year as you can see their form so clearly.


The King's Arms Tavern is a lovely place to have dinner as well.  If you come in summer there is dining and drinks are served in their outdoor garden patio. 


Shield's Tavern is also very nice place to have a meal.  We recently learned that Grayden's ancestors opened and operated this tavern in 1745.



You can see we are almost at the end of the Duke of Glouchester Street.  The Colonial Capitol is at the end of the block.


Charlton's Coffeehouse is on the left if you want to stop in and have a drink or talk about the impending revolution if you dare.


That is certainly what is being discussed at the Capitol.


Let's walk around the Capitol and continue with a walk on a parallel street.


This old fallen down limb continues to amuse me over the years.  It is still attached to the tree, but reminds me of a crocodile.  We greeted him every day on our walk.


The Public Gaol (jail) was built in 1701 and sits near the Capitol. 


Thankfully, we have no business here.  Let's see what other things await us.





This quiet lane is so peaceful and serene.  Notice all the different styles of fences in Colonial Williamsburg--All so very charming.



This house always reminds me of my Mama and Daddy.  I have a photo of us standing on the front porch of this home during Grand Illumination. 


I love this old live oak tree.  It has been here ever since I can remember as I've been coming here my whole life.




This was the home of George Wythe.  He taught Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and Henry Clay law.  He was also the first signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia.




I'm so glad you joined us on our walk today.  If I lived here it would have to be my walk every day as I love Colonial Williamsburg!  Thank you for coming along with us. ♥