After lunch at Shields Tavern, we walked down Duke of Gloucester Street, wandering in and out of many of the buildings. We discussed medicine with the apothecary, watched the silversmith at work and learned about the process of printing and bindery.
|Duke of Gloucester Street|
|Bookbinding Is a 20-Step Process|
|Another Way to Tour the City|
|Peyton Randolph House|
|Peyton Randolph House Dining Room|
Some of the tours we’ve taken the last two days are equal to, or even better, than many given by the National Park Service. Tim and I both have been very impressed with the interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg. I especially enjoy the tours where the interpreter is not strictly an eighteenth-century character, but provides a broader interpretation of the site. The tours we’ve taken have been much more than a description of the objects in the rooms. Instead, the guides offer a much broader “history lesson.” They have managed to make history come alive, without lecturing to the audience.
I gained a much better understanding of the issues of the time, the key players and the city where it all took place than I ever had on previous visits. I have to really complement Colonial Williamsburg and its interpreters for a job well done.
After returning to our campsite, we sat around a campfire with two lovely couples who are camping next to us. One couple has been full timing in their RV for fourteen years and has visited over 300 units of the National Park Service. They also collect passport stamps, and it was fun to compare notes and get pointers on places we should visit.