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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Williamsburg, VA

Mom, Laur, and I went to Williamsburg VA for a week to celebrate Mom’s birthday.  It is the first time we have ever done anything like that!  Thanks to the generosity of my friend Bill who loaned us his condo, we were able to have a worry free, low cost vacay!!  Here is some of what we did and saw…

The Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg is opposite William and Mary College, the oldest learning institution in America.capitol Pictured below is Christiana Campbell's Tavern, which I believe is the first property ever legally held by a woman.  After her husbands' death Christiana made herself valuable as a spy and George Washington gave her the deed to her building.  Go Christiana!!Christiana_Campbell's_view_2  This is a lovely shot of the Raleigh Tavern, named after Sir Walter Raleigh.  The symmetry and simplicity of this building is so beautiful to me.  In 1587 after many trials and tribulations Sir Walter established a colony on Roanoke Island, VA.  John White became Governor and after a while went back to England for supplies.  His return trip was delayed because England required all her ships in harbor to prepare for war.  Finally, in 1588, John sailed for Roanoke Island.  Unfortunately, his crews were determined to find the riches of some Spanish merchant ships in Cuba. 

Governor White was unable to return until 1590 and was stunned to find the entire colony gone.  The only sign of them was the word croatoan carved into a tree.  The colonists were never seen again and they are now known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.

That wraps up todays’ history lesson!raleightavern My parents, sister and brother in law are really into antiquing.  I love it too, but, these guys have stamina!!  The Williamsburg area is beautiful and although the weather was a little rainy and chilly for our taste we went out and had fun everyday! 

I guess our favorite place was the Williamsburg Antique Mall.  It is 45,000 sq.ft. with 400 dealers shops in it!  There was a sweet little tea shop too.  Which I will save for another post!

This was actually a two day excursion.  I found some NescafĂ© mugs that I had broken over the years and wished to replace.  Six of them for 7.50!!nescafe I also found a green depression glass tea cup to replace a broken one in my set.teacup  In the Goodwill I found 4 tops for 11.00, yay!

Mom picked up a few decorative pieces we will be seeing in some tablescapes soon…


If any of you see that blue bunny plate on the bottom right, Moms’ set came without it!  I have looked everywhere I can think of and cannot find it to buy singly.

We really had a great time and laughed until tears rolled down our faces!  Now that we have done this once we are going to do it more often.

Gone to look for friends that live in exotic locations!