I’m not sure you could find a more charming place to spend the day than Colonial Williamsburg.
It’s just a perfectly lovely town.
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Live Oak trees dominate the landscape, spreading their limbs for decades on end….
And I was seriously enjoying the all natural Christmas decorations.
How clever is that?
And while I was wreath gazing….
The husband spotted the entrance to a lounge reserved for veterans and their families.
To be honest I dreaded going inside. My husband has the gift of gab every day of the year, but when surrounded by other servicemen and women? I’ve spent half my married life waiting for him to conclude conversations.
But there was free tea, coffee and hot cider…..
And thankfully, a veteran free room.
Of course he spotted the challenge coin cases which started a 45 minute long convo with the staff of volunteers….. but he added a coin of his own, which admittedly was rather nice.
An hour later? More decorations…
Some cleverly trimmed shrubbery ….
And the silversmith’s shop…
We oohed and aahed and chatted with the man who ran it.
Did you know the phrase “put your money to work” dates from colonial times before the advent of paper currency? You were normally paid in silver, and instead of having bags of the stuff laying around your home…. you took it to the local silversmith who melted it down and made you a fabulous coffee urn or tea set. Your money was “put to work” and you got to flaunt your wealth to visitors. A win, win situation.
Many of his beautiful pieces were for sale in the shop next door…. but the husband wasn’t thrilled with the idea of me spending his hard earned silver to bring some home.
So we strolled.
And were amazed to learn some of these nice little homes were still privately owned.
Who in the world would want to live in the middle of a tourist attraction?
But more importantly…
Where do I find a peacock for next year’s Christmas wreath?