Kim( KI Thompson) and I just returned from celebrating my birthday and our anniversary at Colonial Williamsburg(CW) and Jamestown Virginia. It seems we celebrate a lot of milestones at CW, and it all started with a card…
Before Kim and I actually met in person over 11 years ago, she sent me a card showing a beautiful photo of CW at night. It simply said in her own words “maybe we’ll get there one day. ” Kim had been visiting for years( see her blog on it here), but I, a lover of American history, had never been. After we moved to Maryland 10 years ago this month, we began planning for our first trip. And I had to visit everything there-all the buildings, do all the tours, see every program it offered. It took me four visits over a period of 18 months to see everything. But it didn’t stop there. Somehow, very naturally, this became the place where we celebrated our milestones. Kim’s 50th birthday which coincided with Jamestown 400th anniversary, my 50th birthday which coincided with our marriage ceremony( the actual ceremony took place later that day in DC as
Virginia does not yet have marriage equality), and many more birthdays and holidays over the past 10 years. So as you can see, Colonial Williamsburg plays an important part in our lives. When one visits the historic area, it is common for the employees to welcome you home, and so it is for us like coming home. We get excited every time we visit. I love to plan out the activities and see what new programs, walking tours and events we can see, but we also relax and totally immerse ourselves in 1607, 1776, and 1781 when we are experiencing the Historic Triangle. Kim and I believe in historic preservation and the “idea of America”, and that is what this area is all about. When Kim talks about her books at readings, she talks about her own personal history and her love of history. And through the years, we have shared this love. And so from that first card, which I still have, we have created our own history, which CW plays an integral part. Now I take photos of this beautiful area so I can share them with you.
In fact, it is my favorite place to photograph. And I know the subject well after countless visits over 10 years. My images of Colonial Williamsburg are on view here under the gallery title Historic America. The photos in this blog are of the Capitol, DOG (Duke of Gloucester)Street-the main street running through the historic area, the surviving Jamestown church from 1639, and the last photo below, which I edited with an iPad app, is a fun shot of Revolutionary City, an interactive event that happens on the streets of Williamsburg almost every day.
I hope one day you too can visit this wonderfully amazing slice of American history. It is an unforgettable experience. Kim and I were even treated to “A Touch of Spring” while there.
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