My daughter Ivy recently asked me what my dream job would be. I of course answered, a British actress (think Judi Dench), or a famous author (still working on that one), but a close third would be a Colonial Williamsburg (C.W.) actor-interpreter.
I did not know what to expect from Williamsburg. So when I went downtown in search of a bookstore I was in awe! The period buildings, the college where Thomas Jefferson attended, and of course Colonial Williamsburg.
While we were there we were able to spend time with Jim’s brother and sister-in-law. Here are the children with their cousin Noah.
Jim and the children watched a play which strove to portray what life might have been like for slaves at this time. Apparently it was very good. I wouldn’t know because I had to leave with a screaming baby (Lucy).
Later they found me sitting on a very uncomfortable tree root after she had finally fallen asleep.
What else can I say? If you love history and beautiful surroundings you should visit Williamsburg.
After leaving Wyoming we spent a month in Rapid City, South Dakota. Right down the road from the RV park we stayed in, is the America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit.
If the photo above looks familiar to you, it should. It is a copy of the famous Declaration of Independence painting, but in sculptures. It is absolutely stunning! When we walked into the room holding these sculptures I immediately began to cry. It was completely involuntary. My children looked at me in amazement not sure what to think of this outburst of emotion, but a lady clad in Colonial dress handed me a tissue as though she had expected me to burst into tears. She told me that I had walked straight to the artists viewpoint, where all the signers could be seen at once, and this perspective has brought many before me to tears.
Along the walls are pictures and short biographies of the signers. And while you gaze into the faces of these brave men you will hear a recording of stories of their involvement in the acts that brought our country to freedom.
The link below will lead you to photos of the artists who brought this painting to life.
The building is a replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.