Thursday, October 12, 2017

Colonial Williamsburg: The Capitol

The guides at Colonial Williamsburg do not hide the fact that many of the historic buildings visitors tour through are truly historic. However, their actual history dates back to the 1930s when Colonial Williamsburg was rebuilt to look like it did during the 18th century. 88 original structures remain, but many were rebuilt from the ground up. It never sunk into my head back in the 70s when I was a little tot that I was not walking through the actual historical halls where the American Revolution was brewing, but rather a 1930s idea of what they were.

You can see my shadow looming over the gates when I first arrived in town a few months ago, too late to get on a tour. The cemetery nearby was enhanced by sunset.

Below you can see a Tour Guide in authentic period garb, arriving for work. It is ironic that although many historians dispute the architecture of the rebuilt Capitol and Governor's Palace as being historically accurate, the fact remains that these versions of "what was" have become historically significant on their own as they are now over 80 years old.

Some of the furnishings are original or at least authentic to the period.

Regardless of whether the design is original or not, what occurred on the footprint of these buildings is no less significant. These reproductions can serve as a valuable tool to begin the conversation about the conflicts that drove the creation of our great nation. Lessons that are valuable and that all should be aware of so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

I love the views from these windows, especially this round one.

History was announced to large audiences outside the Capitol, whereas today we watch it from the safety of our homes on a computer screen or television.

As always, I love the details, whether it be the flag waving over the Capitol...

or the rusty lock on the gate.

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