Colonial Williamsburg II

We were pleasantly surprised, after examining hats for a while, to find a period marching band parading down the streets of Williamsburg. Chels provided a very helpful set of extra hands for my second lens while I ran around trying to get good photos of them. I felt a little bad standing right in their marching path, but decided they needed to be used to such things.

Colonial Williamsburg Marching Band 1

I think perhaps it was worth it. :) And I didn’t see many other people doing that so I felt all professional-photographer-y.

Colonial Williamsburg Marching Band 2
Colonial Williamsburg Marching Band 3
Colonial Williamsburg Marching Band 4

I liked the line of these guys lined up with their varying uniforms.

We wandered around and came upon the town garden, which was very pleasant, and heard from the gardener at length.

Colonial Williamsburg Gardener

He showed us a really awesome plant he called a “Sensitive Plant.”

Colonial Williamsburg Sensitive Plant

Here’s a gif of it in action from Wikipedia.

Mimosa Pudica.gif
Mimosa Pudica” by Hrushikesh – Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.

And there were more hats to be tried on. We ended up each getting one of these on the decision that we would “pull it to pieces as soon as we got home, and see if we could make it up any better.” It was certainly less expensive than the ones with ribbons preinstalled, even if not as stylish.

Chels at Colonial Williamsburg
Clothmaking at Colonial Williamsburg

We learned all about Williamsburg cloth-making as well.

Spinning wheel

And then we went over to the milliner’s shop to see the fabric in use. Apparently the shop had been owned by a woman, since that was permissible in a shop selling things for ladies’ fashions.

Milliner at Colonial Williamsburg
Milliner at Colonial Williamsburg

And since Chels is a jeweler, we enjoyed a visit to the silversmith, who was working on her thesis project and explaining the process. I took photos while Chels listened attentively. :)

Silversmith at Colonial Williamsburg
Metalworking tools at Colonial Williamsburg

There will be one more installment of Colonial Williamsburg photos, including photos of historical men lounging on steps (perfect RPG scene fodder!) and a military demonstration.

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