Williamsburg, VA – Xmas 2016

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     Huzzah!  The post for our family vacation is finally up!  It took me long enough, but at last, here it is, in all its dubious glory.
     First up we have the George Wythe House.  Historians can absolutely, categorically confirm that George Washington DID sleep here.
George Wythe was a delegate to the Continental Congress, and Virginia’s first signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house also served as General George Washington’s headquarters just before the British siege of Yorktown.  The house is ‘dressed’ in the same way it would have been if George Washington and his staff were in the middle of their campaign.
Going through these historic houses always gives me cold chills.  I find myself touching the walls, door knobs – and especially running my hand along stair banisters, wondering who has touched that banister before me – wishing some of the greatness would wear off; thrilling at the way I can touch history with your finger tips.
The details in these historic buildings are so meticulous – you almost expect George Washington to come walking through the room at any minute.
George Washington wasn’t there, but the Marquis de Lafayette was.  We had seen this re-en-actor last year on our previous visit and he is hands-down, one of the best re-en-actors in Williamsburg.  He combined intelligence, charm and fabulous acting into an immersive experience and interview that visitors won’t soon forget.
On to the Benjamin Powell House!  Benjamin Powell was a carpenter and contractor in historic Williamsburg.  His restored house now serves as a center to teach children (and overgrown kids) historic games, actives and the refined pastimes of by-gone days….such as playing a spinet.
     I got to play a spinet!  A lady in historical costume was playing the instrument and I (ever hopeful and anxious to volunteer) asked if playing a spinet was the same as playing a piano.  She said it was quite similar and asked if I wanted to play.
I’m just kidding….I was, of course, thrilled to try and grateful for her offer.
Playing the spinet is very similar to playing the piano, except that there aren’t any pedals, the keyboard is about half the size and there are no sustained notes….which of course, is what gives the spinet its lovely, twinkly sound.

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  1. Angela Watts
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    AHH!! THIS SERIOUSLY LOOKS SOO FUN! =D Amazing. Soo amazing. Goodness gracious!
    Ooh, you did lovely! The spinet sounds so nice, and it’s fantastic you gathered a crowd. Pretty sweet! Yes, I totally get you- gambling and bidding freaks me out!
    I’m right there with you with explosions and military uniforms, lol! ;D

  2. Allison Tebo
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    Angela, hi!! Welcome! Thank you so much for commenting!
    It was WONDERFUL! I always loving visiting Williamsburg. I wish I could live there! 🙂
    Awww…thank you! That was cool.
    Haha! I know….I just can’t take those kinds of ‘risks’!
    I know you are with me on that – I read your blog! 🙂 ‘high five’ YEAH! Let’s hear a great big cheer for both of them!

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