I want to tell you all something about this sign.
This is a sign that makes me smile just to see it in a picture, and to see it in real life, sends chills down my back. (Good chills, though. Not scary ones.)
I have experienced Williamsburg three times in my life, and each time my longing to see it again increases. To write something that captures how much I love this place is difficult and intimidating, but also exciting and loads of fun. :) So here are 10 reasons why I love Williamsburg:
1. The Music
Williamsburg is full of music: there are thrilling fifes and drums in the streets every day, and candlelit concerts of chamber music by night. The sound of this music is unlike any other genre: the fifes and drums are bit like Irish music, but better. And the chamber music is akin to classical, but prettier. That's why colonial music, both lively and lovely, is nearly my favorite genre (next to Bach) My favorite purchases from Williamsburg have been the music books. :)
2. The Fashion
If you haven't seen already, I love historical fashion. Exploring all sorts of decades is wonderful, but my favorite era is definitely the late 18th century. I could try and give all sorts of reasons why it's the best, but for now let's just say that what the women wear in Williamsburg is lovely and fresh and oh so real.
4. The Buildings
|(Yes, that's a lion and a unicorn guarding the gate there. Impressed yet?)|
Again, as in fashion, there are many beautiful eras of architecture, but none so beautiful and pleasing to the eye as Georgian architecture. The symmetry, the shape and decoration are perfect. And when I say buildings, I don't just mean the outside. The interiors, and everything in them, are wonderful! I love how you can look all around you in Williamsburg and be surrounded by 18th century buildings.
5. The Museums
Ah, museums. I don't quite know how to put this, but museums are just my cup of tea. The objects themselves are amazing (especially textiles!) and the information that comes with them make museums a mecca of learning for me. I loved walking through Williamsburg's large art museum, appreciating how well everything was displayed, and just how beautiful the museum itself was. I want to be that person who arranges, displays and cares for those beautiful pieces of history.
So I don't know if it seems odd to you that gift shops are on my favorites list for Williamsburg, but the sad reality is that they are very much one of the best things about the place. I'd say that these are not your average museum gift stores, but then again, nothing in Williamsburg is "average". There are at least 4 or 5 stores right in the historic city that sell historic things, which is so cool. There's even one that sells mostly fashions/accessories! And the stores in the visitor's center and museums are not to be scoffed at either. They have, among a plethora of marvelous things, many, many books. :)
8. The Animals
9. The (Immersive) History
Colonial Williamsburg is truly a living history museum. It's more than just a tour through the buildings, it's an experience for all the senses. There are colonial people everywhere, and if you can ignore the hundreds of tourists around you, it really is like you've traveled back in time. To add to the immersive nature of the place, Williamsburg not only has their interpreters mill about; instead they reenact the conversations and events that would have occurred around the Revolution. The interpreters talk to you, and involve you in their activities. As you've probably gathered by now, I love everything about this era in history when it comes to clothes, music, food, dance, buildings, and more. But besides the lifestyle, the time of the Revolution is so exciting to learn about, especially when in an immersive experience!10. The Details
The buildings you walk through at Williamsburg are not at all sparse or empty! They are filled with all sorts of final touches that really make Williamsburg the immersive experience I mentioned before. If you go to Williamsburg, I hope you have the will to seek out some details on your own. Most tourists stay on the main drag, but be sure to stroll around in the gardens behind buildings. Go all the way back in the Governer's Palace yard; there's a lot there, including a boxwood maze! Programs, tours, and just plain being in Colonial Williamsburg is detailed. It's those details: the doll on the bed or the smell of boxwood that make the best memories.