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Tuesday, December 2

Another Country (Tift Merritt)

Colonial Williamsburg


A day's drive north of the Nauticus, we visited the township of Williamsburg, in the Virginia colony.  Two brothers, one on each side of this battle, were determined to find truth and understanding in this colonial battle.
A brief stop at the professor's house brought much joy to these youngsters, who were thrilled to have the opportunity to use the same instruments as Thomas Jefferson himself!  They learned about astronomy and botany using the same tools as our soon-to-be leader.
This young patriot took his life into his own hands as he prepared to walk straight into the Governor's Mansion!  He was very determined to see where his tax dollars were being used...
The Governor's Mansion was immense and exquisitely furnished for a colony dwelling.  It was well-armed with over five hundred weapons in the foyer alone!
We took some time for a spot of afternoon tea, a break from the walking, and a chance to meet with some of the community leaders.  The gingerbread tea cakes were quite tasty!
These young soldiers spent quite a bit of time exploring the commmunity's magazine....learning about all of the weapons, munitions, and accessories to be used by the local militia.  They were ready to protect and defend.
The grand jury determined whether treasonous acts had been committed, or crimes against the British governor.  Funny thing....only a few weeks later, he and his family slipped out into the dark of night and vanished into the colonies.
When it was discovered that the colonists' munitions and gunpowder had been seized by the governor, rioting began in the streets. There was a revolution underway!
The Patriots decided to storm the mansion and demand return of community property.  On this particular occasion, a young patriot stepped up to lead the way!
The Governor's representatives came out to squelch the revolution, with sharp shooters on the mansion roof.  We all know, of course, how that turned out...
The youngest took a LOT of flack for being dressed as one of the Royal Guard, rather than a Patriot, but he enjoyed the attention!

Skills Learned

Apothecary blending & Gunsmithing
Shoe-making and metal-working
Blacksmithing
Dying, spinning, weaving & Basket-weaving

Resources

Colonial Williamsburg site (plan your trip)

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