Over the past weekend we went to visit Colonial Williamsburg, VA. We spent both evenings in the Revolutionary City while attending a courtroom drama of the trial of a pirate and the next night on a ghost tour.
We ate lunch at Chownings Tavern and were entertained by one of their troubadours. The song played by this fellow was “Don’t wake me ’til the coffee’s boiling.” After lunch we visited the shops, displays and presentations.
We watched the noon parade of the drumand bugle corps (see above), and stopped inot at least a couple of the shops (I was looking for both a salt-glazed pint mug and a simple feather for my Balmoral cap).
Later in the evening, before the pirate trial, we walked around the city (in the dark) and I got some interesting night shots. The streets are so crowded during the daytime, the night environment is particularly attractive to the photographer.
Before we joined the trial we spent some time reviewing photos and planning the rest of the evening. Connie’s sister (Brenda) and her husband (Mike) were with us and we were glad they could come along.
The pirate trial was quite interesting if not only because we sat at the left hand of the Governor (although we were not allowed to take photos of the proceedings). The trial was held in the House of Burgesses in the capital building, shown below.
The interior of the House of Burgesses was really beautifully finished.
The trial was to decide the fate of a follower of Edward Teach (Blackbeard). The follower was Blackbeard’s first mate and was accused of by reason of apprehending him with a warehouse full of stolen goods that were reconciled against missing articles of a number of ships that had been taken.
The room ended up being filled with we (the landed gentry), the jury, and the, public. Once the trial commenced, the prosecuting attorney, at the direction of the governor, proceeded to call three different witnesses: (1) a Royal Navy Officer, Blackbeard’s wife, and another pirate that was already scheduled to be tried.
The cast that presented the trial was available for conversation and photos after the trial. The prosecuting attorney on the far left, a witness second from the left, another witness (another pirate who was later tried and hanged) third from the left, another witness (a lieutenant of the royal navy) fourth from the left, the Governor fifth from the left and finally, (nearly out of sight due to others of the audience) the accused pirate on the far right, who actually never got hanged even though convicted.
We also had a wonderful dinner on Sunday evening at The Kings Arms. The meals at the Kings Arms are not cheap, but they are particularly elegant (or at least they are marketed as being elegant – actually they are relatively mediocre meals with fancy 18th century names and touches also common to the 18th century).
After dinner and some more touring, we joined the “Ghosts Amongst Us” tour and visited three building in the Colonial district. The tour took us to the Wythe house where we learned of the wife of Sir Peyton Skipwith. His newlywed wife, Ann, supposedly committed suicide after seeing her sister with her new husband in a passionate embrace. After the Wythe house visit, we were led to the Governor’s Palace where we learned of a mother who ended up burning down the palace as a result of learning of the death of her son(s) during the revolution. The palace had been in use as a hospital, and when the mother/nurse started the fire, all the patients escaped while she died in the inferno.
The “Ghosts Amongst Us” ‘tour’ was relatively interesting although could have been made more interesting with more stops and shorter ‘acts.’