Inside the Millinery at Colonial Williamsburg
Hailing in a last hurrah before school starts (for the kids), we head to Virginia for sun, surf and a hint of history. Before two days of winging waves at VA Beach, we stop into Colonial Williamsburg for a dramatic 18th century diversion. A crucial anchor of Virginia's historic triangle, Williamsburg's living history museum incorporates the scents, sights and sounds of Revolutionary America. Keep reading for style-infused snaps...
A place where decisions are made
The general public can freely access a village of restored or recreated structures. Paying visitors can enter the capitol building, magazine, theater, courthouse, jail, church and more. Assorted merchants dispense food, drink, trinkets and souvenirs (at a cost, of course!). Inside the milliner's shop, visitors hear about high hair and hat-making from ladies sewing period garb. Across the way, wooden shoe forms line the windows of the shoe maker; inside, two craftsman manually manufacture men's buckled shoes. Upstairs in the magazine, an assortment of weapons and wearables greet guests. The family favorite is the tour of the courthouse and jail, fully equipped with shackles, toilet holes and even a coffin!
Having heard volumes of Colonial Williamsburg before visiting, the experience is still surprisingly unexpected. While the ambiance is calm (and could use more costumed colonists), the stretch of space is sizable. Putting forward the positives--the kids enjoyed the town and I admire the overall mission "that the present may learn from the past"...
High hair and high hats!
Inside the Magazine