Saturday, November 19, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg


Happy Thanksgiving from Virginia!


Despite this picture we are really enjoying our time in Virginia. Today we visited Colonial Williamsburg with my sister & her family, and our nephew from Finland.

The Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres, and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations...

Don't just walk the same streets as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry— walk alongside them. Costumed interpreters undertake years of study to render the founding fathers in first person every day. See them in Revolutionary City's street-theater scenes, or ask your questions during "Conversation With a Founding Father" programs.

Alongside these giants of American history, meet people whose faces you won't find on coins or bills. The everyday people you'll encounter in the Historic Area made contributions as momentous as the founding fathers'. Without money, title, property or power, many remarkable individuals influenced the course of America's experiment in self-governance. Meet these preachers, servants, farmers, and craftsmen and hear their stories.
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It was a full day of walking and learning and having a wonderful time together.


A perfect homeschool field trip - and a very friendly place for homeschoolers. Even though Colonial Williamsburg's website didn't offer pricing for homeschooling families, we got there and only had to pay $7.50 for kids 7-17 (6 & under was free), and adults were  $15 - a huge discount from their regular prices. At gift shops we were given 15% off, also.


One afternoon was not enough to even see our top ten list, so we need to go back sometime soon. There were some hands-on learning spots, and you could interact with tradespeople and ask questions.

Picnik collage

Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center had great RV parking, too, which made it easy to arrive there in the Mothership. We were able to have sandwiches in the RV before our outing and we had lasagna cooking in the crockpot for later. There were some great looking Taverns to eat at the village, but with our crew of thirteen people we chose to bring our own food.

Such a fun day!

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Tänään kiersimme Colonial Williamsburg-kylää siskoni perheen ja Suomesta tulleen siskonpoikamme kanssa. Päivän reissusta tuli kotikoululuokkaretki, etenkin kun saimme selville paikan päällä, että kotikoululaisille on alennusliput. Kävelimme paljon, opimme paljon elämästä 1700-luvulla, nautimme yhdessäolosta, ja päätimme palata takaisin joku päivä - toivottavasti pian!

Hyvää Kiitospäivää Mothership-blogin väeltä!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving!
    God's blessings!

  2. Awesome trip. Hubby and I went there back when we were dating....whew..over 20 years ago. I want to go back and take the kids especially after we study early American history next semester.

  3. That place looks like so much fun. Stopping by from Sunday Snapshot. Hope your Sunday is a great one :)

  4. LOVE the family photo! Your 12-year-old boys are almost as tall as you, huh? I've only got about 1 1/2 inches on mine right now. (And I'm 5'7"! LOL)

    LOL at you and hubby in the stocks! Great photo!

    My kids went there about 3 years ago with grandparents and enjoy it. I've never been! :( Looks fun!

  5. Look's like lots of fun. Thanks for posting! I Found your blog via. Sunday Snapshot at

  6.! we are getting ready to study all of that stuff after thanksgiving!

    lasagna in the crock pot? cool!


  7. I thought those stocks looked familiar. It's been a while since I've been to Williamsburg, now I want to go back and take my kids.
    Looks like you guys had a wonderful and educational day!

  8. I have always wanted to go to Williamsburg.....

    Looks like y'all had a wonderful time. :)

  9. Such fantastic travels you have!

  10. Ugh! I'm envious. We love to travel and wish we could travel more. I just stopped by to congratulate you on winning the Best Photo's Award. Now I've become hooked. Love reading your posts. I can see why you won. Congratulations.

  11. I found you through Hip Homeschool Hop. Loved learning about your family and I, too, resisted the home school path at first. I've learned...never say never! We were at Williamsburg a few weeks ago. Great visit and enjoyed the home school discount, too. Happy Holidays and safe travels.

  12. New follower from HHH. Great blog! I remember visiting Colonial Williams burg as a child too. Great memories!

  13. Thank you all so much for your comments! A lot of new readers, I will try to come visit everyone this week :) Colonial Williamsburg really was fantastic!