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Day 13….. Colonial Williamsburg, the Rockefellers and Bassett Hall

 

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The day started with biscuits and gravy for me and two plates of chipped beef on toast for the husband. The waitress thought he was kidding when he asked for a second helping… but no, he was serious.

 

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Technically no, that’s made with hamburger.

But I digress…

Since the weather was beautiful that day we headed back over to Colonial Williamsburg to finish exploring.

 

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First up, Bassett Hall. Home to John D. Rockefeller Jr and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. I was completely unaware that the Rockefellers were the ones responsible for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg and the idea of opening it to the public.

For a wonderful history of how and why, watch this:

 

 

 

Seeing the interior of the house meant taking the tour…

 

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And this distinguished gentleman was our guide. He was a font of knowledge as well as legally blind.

 

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It was a lovely home.

 

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Comfortable….

 

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And not nearly as grand as their other residences.

 

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They relaxed here.

 

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Didn’t entertain socially.

 

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And enjoyed time with family.

 

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In their eyes it was a country home.

 

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And hey….. there was a chicken over the mantle, so maybe it was.

 

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I’m sure Abby didn’t spend much time in here….

 

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But I liked the funky sinks….

 

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And the high tech for the time fridge.

 

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Next to the kitchen was the servants quarters…

 

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Which didn’t look too bad either.

 

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Done with the tour….

 

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We began to roam the grounds….

 

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But not before my husband managed to start a political discussion with our guide. I imagine they’re instructed not to engage…. and he remained as neutral as Switzerland. Very diplomatic.

 

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The gardens were a bit bare since it was December.

 

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But the shrubbery was impressive.

 

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And who wouldn’t love a private tea house in their backyard?

 

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How sweet is that!

 

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We happily strolled around….

 

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Enjoying the beautiful day…

 

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And felt like Rockefellers.

Minus the large sums of cash and thinking hey…

 

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That garage would make a pretty nice house in itself.