Sunday, June 30, 2013

Day 3: Dance Class, Wigmaker, Milliner/Tailor & Bassett Hall

Just outside the Governor's Palace, we paused for a few pictures.

On our walk from the Governor's Palace to a dance class that we had signed up for, we passed a number of colonial "townsfolk."
This group that I saw across the street, came over to our side, sat down on some benches (below) and invited me to join them.  I couldn't resist that!

We joined the small group that had signed up for the dance class.  There was a little old man playing a small mouth horn of some kind to provide the music and a lady who demonstrated and called out the steps to the dances.  They also taught us how to greet and bow/curtsey to our partner.
Even Cecily could do it.
We have done this type of dancing before, but it was fun for us to get to do it with my Mom too.  She's a good sport!
Next, we visited the wigmaker's shop.
Telling us about his shop.
Working on a wig.
There were different types of hair that a wig could be made from.  The girls got to feel each type.
Lots of styles to choose from!
Mom and the girls found this Milliner's shop across the street that was so delightful.  This was just a demonstration shop, not an actual store to buy things.
This girl pulled down boxes and showed the girls several items of dress and explained them.

Millie even got to try the cape.
Notice the miniature display in the corner behind them?
Here it is up-close.  I love it.  This is a lady's world.  Fabric and fashion.
After this, our group divided.  Mom had signed us up for a garden tour at Bassett Hall.  We knew that not everyone would enjoy it.  In the end, Dad, Mom, myself (with Bronwyn) took Benjamin and Cecily and went.  Above is a picture of the front of Bassett Hall.  This house is across a (real) road from the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.  It was built for John D. Rockefeller, as a country home in the south.  Mom picked up on more of the history than I did, but the Rockefellers were the ones who had a vision for the restoration of Williamsburg and invested in it's beginnings.  They weren't really accepted in the surrounding community at the time.  But we wouldn't have Colonial Williamsburg if they hadn't persevered in their efforts and stayed.
Here is the tour group.  This picture is the left side of the house.  I was impressed with the way all four sides of the house could have been the front, by the way they looked.

On the other side of the drive was a garage and a guest house/cottage.
Climbing vine.  :)
Guest House.
Ben kept busy by having Cecily pose for some pictures.
This is the back of the house.  Who'd have guessed it?
And then this is the right side.  Pretty cool.
This is the back yard.
Hanging out along the tour.
On the right side of the house the Rockefeller's had a Tea House built.
Mom and I and the Tea House.  :)
A picture of what the inside would have looked like.
So, the interesting outside design as regards the Tea House is this: the Rockefellers wanted there to be a tree-lined avenue heading straight through the woods, looking like it went on forever, that you looked down when you were having tea in the Tea House.  I was impressed with the picture above that my Dad took of the avenue.  Beautiful, isn't it?  This was taken in April.  I wonder what it looks like in August?
Here is everyone walking down it. 
:) :)  Dad and Mom.
Off to the right were some very peacefully grazing horses.
Ben and Cecily happen to be our horse-lovers.  They went over to see them and kept busy again by Ben taking some pictures of Cecily.

And we're done! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Day 3: The Governor's Palace - Inside

The kids are always distracting me to take pictures of things they find.  :)  Lookee what they saw in a tree from the balcony of the time share on the morning of day 3.  I think they told me it was a golden eagle.  Well, one doesn't see one of these every day!
Back to the tour.  Can you picture me rubbing my hands together?  I finally got to get inside the Governor's Palace and see the inside.  I was excited!
Just inside the front doors, the entry had an amazing surprise.  This was the other thing that Mom and Dad didn't tell us about and waited for us to be surprised.  (The other one was the maze behind the palace).  They knew we would love to see the amazing and artistic display of swords and guns to decorate the wood-lined walls of the entry.
Seriously cool.

This is one of the rooms that is off to the side of the entry.  There was a live bird in that bird cage. 
I don't know exactly what this room would have been called or used for because the tour guide didn't give that kind of information.  He wasn't very interesting and sort of went on and on about political things that the governor would have been involved in.  Nothing about the house.  I believe my mom said that he was a great example of how not to teach history.
I love architectural and decorating details.  Isn't this beautiful?
Beyond the entry was a hall that had this staircase to the upstairs portion of the house. 
Bedroom 1.
Smile.  Blue and white is a favorite of mine.  Below is a child's bed that was also in the first bedroom.
Second room had a baby's cradle.

Details.  On the ceiling. 
Coming back down the stairs.  Dining room is straight ahead, ballroom on the left.

Details in the largest room, the ballroom.  Crystal chandeliers with candles on them.
Gotta love that carpet.
Fancy indoor heating unit!
I don't remember why I don't remember what room this was taken in.  I think it was maybe a larger dining hall.  I didn't take any more pictures than this, so it must not have been notable.  These details warranted the pictures though.  Beautiful.

We exited through the back door.  King's Arms above the door.  The whole thing was a delight.  The building and grounds, but perhaps not the tour guide.  :)