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All photos by Mac McKinney

My wife and I decided to drive up to Colonial (or Historical) Williamsburg on Thanksgiving, not a long trip really, less than an hour in good traffic. It wasn't very cold and the chances of rain were low, so I had grabbed my camera too and, after several hours of walking around, came up with a few photos, actually quite a few, but I can only put so many up on OpEdNews.

Colonial Williamsburg, for those of you who don't know, is the historic part of the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, replete with authentically restored and recreated buildings dating from colonial times, roughly 1699 to 1780. Colonial Williamsburg was actually the capital of Colonial Virginia throughout most of the 18th century, where many famous men such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, to name but a few, passed through as leaders. Historical Williamsburg is also a lot more than just authentic buildings, but authentic atmosphere, costumes and lifestyle as well, with some "residents" even espousing the language nuances, vernacular and philosophies of this, the seat of one of our thirteen original colonies.

So it is fitting, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday founded in early colonial times to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, to return to that colonial past on that very day.

En route, before we hit the actual historical area, I spied some horses in the corralled fields outside of Williamsburg's Basset Hall, which is on the road to our destination, so I commence our photo-journey here:


After this rustic stop, in a few more minutes we were cruising through the historical area looking for parking, which is sparse, but the Gods of parking decided to smile upon me this day, and I found a spot relatively easily.

After that it was on toward the main thoroughfare, broad and teeming with all manner of people and establishments, famous Duke of Gloucester Street:

A gnarled tree-trunk in a front yard along the way to Duke of Gloucester Street
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Row of houses on a side street

We're here now, looking down the main thoroughfare.

Historically costumed characters abound.

One of the many historical establishments.

A closeup of a Thanksgiving decorative wreath gracing a doorway.
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A famous tavern.

Costumed greeters at a tavern

The seat of Virginia's colonial government, the Capitol, looming in the distance.

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I live in Sandston on E. Williamsburg Rd so it isn... by Bethanne on Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:21:56 PM