Colonial Williamsburg

This past Tuesday,we had our first field trip of the school year.  We went to  Colonial Williamsburg Home Educators WeekIn the spring and fall, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation welcomes the home schooling community with special rates and programs.  In fact, for $9.50, I was given a full day pass to all the buildings and exhibits.  Children 5 and under had free admission, so my girls enjoyed the day at no cost to me.  A special thanks to my friend, Kathy over at the Political Housewyf, who invited us along with her three children to the event, drove, and let my daughters borrow colonial costumes she had made, since she much more crafty than me!

Colonial Williamsburg offered a  “Family Fun” site map that served as a scavenger hunt. Visit three of the recommended sites and the children receive a free souvenir.  Our first stop was the Great Hope Plantation, a recent new addition to Williamsburg.  This working farm shows how most Virginians lived during colonial times.  

Next stop, was the gateway barn into Colonial Williamsburg. We visited the kid’s corner there and the children enjoyed playing with the colonial-era toys and games.  Then we skipped the formal tour of the Governor’s Palace for the palace maze and cellars.  The girls had a great time chasing their friends in the maze of boxwoods. 

Instead of opting for one of Williamsburg’s Taverns, we enjoyed a simple lunch of peanut butter sandwiches, grapes, and bananas near the George Wythe House.  By then, my oldest daughter, tomboy that she is, had stripped down to her modern-day shorts and t-shirt.

A trip to the Milliners was followed by the farmer’s market, and heavy negotiation with Ladybug who wanted a wooden pistol and tri-corner hat.  However, the favorite part of her day, was the visit to the Magazine.  The Magazine stored all the rifles, powder, tents, and uniforms for the Army.   By then, we were living on borrowed time.  Kathy and I really wanted to see the coffee shop, but we realized we were pushing our luck and decided to head back to the visitor’s center.

Back before children, Rick and I used frequent Colonial Williamsburg regularly, so it was interesting how the trip changed when five children under the age of eight are in tow.  All in all, it was a great experience, and I thank Kathy again for inviting us!

About Mary @ a simple twist of faith

I am: a rookie at blogging, just started my blog in May 2010 when I became a full-time Mom. a child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a listener of the Holy Spirit, and a Catholic. Pro-Life, , Pro-Woman and an adoption advocate wife to a wonderful husband for 12 years proud and grateful mother to two beautiful daughters ages 5 and 3. a coffee drinking fool, so I can keep up with my little girls a home schooling novice using my kindergartener as a guinea pig a runner, it keeps me sane and in my size 8 pants an avid reader , now of Beatrix Potter's books a former workaholic & fashion follower a lover of chocolate, and wine, and the finer things in life, although I cannot afford them anymore!
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12 Responses to Colonial Williamsburg

  1. Sharon O says:

    These pictures are adorable. We actually want to go to back there some day. From Oregon it is a long trip but would be so worth it if the fall trees were changing. Someday we will make it when we ‘officially’ retire.

  2. Tish says:

    What a great education your girls are getting. Great pix, too. Did you wear a costume, too? How nice to have a good friend who is crafty!

  3. Kyooty says:

    I would totally have loved that day out!!! I should go to the Settlement here again soon and take pictures. The schools also take the kids for Pre Christmas time and Thanksgiving (October here)

  4. Bozena says:

    LOVE the pics. Kathy is quite talented. Costumes she made are gorgeous. Your girls in Colonial outfits look adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  5. Kristy Rotolo says:

    We love Williamsburg and do annual passes yearly. They are so cheap. I was jealous when I saw the home schooling day. It looks like it was so great. Glad you had a great day for it.

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  8. stephanie says:

    Looks like great fun!

  9. Amy says:

    How fun! Glad you got to go, looks like lots of learning happened!!!

  10. Cecelia Clark says:

    Hi Mary, I am a stylist I am looking for some colonial williamsburg costumes and I wonder if you could email me and then we can chat about your friend Kathy who has made those beautiful costumes on your children.I know this is late notice, but I need a revolutionary, red, white and blue jacket for a 7 yr old boy for a photo shoot for Virginia Tourism, tomorrow, Fri the 19 of Nov. !! Thanks, my phone number is 804-901-5463. Thank you Cecelia

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