Monthly Archives: May 2012

Find Good Conversation and Great Hot Chocolate at Richard Charlton’s Coffeehouse

Visits to Williamsburg always include stops to see old favorites and discover new things about them. At Bassett Hall, the 18th-century home where John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, lived during the initial restoration of the … Continue reading

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Colonial Williamsburg Weaver Karen Clancy Taught Me Drop Spindle Spinning in the Shake of a Lamb’s Tail

At the Taliaferro-Cole Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg, you can see one of the prettiest gardens in the Historic Area. You can also meet Karen Clancy, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s weavers. As she interprets what her … Continue reading

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Meet Leicester Longwools and Other Rare Breeds on Colonial Williamsburg’s “Bits and Bridles” Tour

Colonial Williamsburg’s modern stable and rare breeds program are the subjects of “Bits and Bridles,” a one-hour tour for Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests and annual passholders. Volunteer Tom Schultz began last Tuesday’s tour by describing how Durham oxen, an early … Continue reading

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Tantalizing Rows of Williamsburg Artifacts in Plastic Bags Reveal “Rubbish, Treasures and Colonial Life”

Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests and annual passholders have special opportunities to take behind-the-scenes tours focusing on garden restoration, object conservation and other unique topics. “Rubbish, Treasures & Colonial Life” is a 90-minute tour that focuses on archaeological objects and current … Continue reading

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“Experiencing Sounds We’ve Never Heard Before” with Glass Musician Dean Shostak

I’ve been wanting to hear Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert at Colonial Williamsburg since Classical 101’s Boyce Lancaster blogged about it several years ago.  Experiencing this unique program at the Kimball Theatre last Wednesday was definitely worth the wait. Shostak has … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Sit There “Whistling ‘Dixie!’” Visit the Ohio History Center to See “Dixie” Composer Daniel Decatur Emmett’s Papers

During a vacation to Nantucket in 1975, I skipped on the beach to “Dixie,” a tune that had gotten stuck in my head. The same tune ran through my mind again recently, as I reformatted the 226-page finding aid for … Continue reading

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Since June 1974, I’ve Loved Colonial Williamsburg, Peanut Soup, Spoon Bread and Patent Leather Shoes

Colonial Williamsburg has been one of my favorite vacation destinations since my first visit there in June 1974.  My mother documented that vacation in a scrapbook for me so I could read it and remember what we did during our … Continue reading

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