Last week, the American Independence Day inspired me to recall my jaunt to one of the most historically important and revolutionary cities, Colonial Williamsburg. The fatigue of the drive from New York to Williamsburg was quickly forgotten as I was welcomed by the beat of the fife and drums.
After the 10-hour drive, I settled in to my room at Williamsburg Inn. At sundown, I decided to go for a stroll in the area. The next morning, I was completely engulfed in the flow of the Independence Day celebrations.
Beginning with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, the celebrations continued all day. It was a novel experience watching people enact those moments, which were so pivotal for American independence. Riding on horseback in 18th century costumes and personas, the show included performances by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
I proceeded to walk through the Historic Area and its sites. Museums, colonial houses and taverns steeped in history were a delight to see.
The Governor’s Palace, one of the most opulent and grand structures in the Historic Area, gave a privy in to the life and times the 250 years ago. From the bedrooms to the living area, the kitchen and the ball room, it was all so so regal.
On entering the Geddy House, I was told that the wooden flooring beneath me was 300 years old! Geddy, I was told, was a silversmith and this site housed various beautiful silver items he had made.
I managed to shop for souvenirs like pens and hats for friends back home. The day ended with a spectacular display of fireworks. The memories of my Colonial Williamsburg adventure remain ever so fresh in my mind.