Grayden and I spent this past week in Colonial Williamsburg. If you have been you know it's a most wonderful place to vacation. We love history and always learn something new whenever we visit. Going in the month of February can be tricky as the weather can still be quite cold in Tidewater Virginia.
|The Manor House|
We stay in the Williamsburg area at Powhatan Plantation. We have stayed here since the 1980's and always find it enjoyable. The above Manor House is the central focus to this property. Richard Taliaferro (pronounced Tolliver) built the Manor House at Powhatan around 1735. He was a renowned architect and is known for his designs of many public buildings in Virginia. He designed in Williamsburg, The Capitol, The Governor's Palace, The George Wythe House and The Presidents House at William and Mary. Taliaferro passed away in 1779, but the home stayed in the family until 1819.
We checked in and got settled into our home away from home. Since we were celebrating Valentine's I bought my roses from home that I had on the dining table.
The weather was quite cold for the weekend. There was even snow predicted! In fact this is our view in the morning.
I've never seen the Manor House all decorated in snow!
We decided we must go down to the Duke of Gloucester Street to see the snow on all of the beautiful buildings. We drive carefully to the Colonial area.
We park the car in Merchant's Square and it is beginning to rain.
I know many are sick of winter weather, but seeing Colonial Williamsburg in the snow was quite magical.
"Virginia is for Lovers" is the slogan for Virginia. In many cities one will see Love signs displayed. How lovely for this Valentine's getaway! You are looking toward the College of William and Mary on the Duke of Gloucester Street. Behind us about one mile is the Colonial Capitol.
Come walk with us as I want to show you one of my favorite sights in Williamsburg. First let's look at some of the buildings.
We are now seeing the beautiful Bruton Parish Church. I will write more about it later.
This is the Palace Green that gives a beautiful view of the Governor's Palace. Many events are central to this green. The Grand Illumination and the Forth of July celebrations are focal points of Palace Green and it certainly is a beautiful location for the Governor's Palace.
We are staying for the week, so I'll show you more of beautiful Colonial Williamsburg in a future post.