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Colonial Architecture August 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

BFF and I enjoy walking around CW (Colonial Williamsburg) . . .

Admiring the colonial architecture . . .

Pausing to rest and take in the sights from a shady vantage point when our dogs get tired  . . .

Speaking of dogs . . .

DOG Street (the Duke of Gloucester Street) runs one mile from the Wren Building at W&M (the College of William & Mary) to the Capital at the far end.

Up and down the street are well-tended gardens . . .

Bursting with color . . .

And beribboned with inviting pathways  . . .

On the street proper, horse drawn carriages clip clop . . .

Atop the paved and car-free thoroughfare . . .

Their echoes interspersed with the sound of musket fire from the Powder Magazine . . .

Weary travelers may stop for a quick quaff at Chownings Tavern . . .

To quench their thirst with a pint (or three) of ale . . .

As long as you mind your P’s & Q’s, local residents never sit in judgment . . .

Mid-way between the College and the Capital is the Palace Green framing the opulent Governor’s Palace . . .

Within the Palace walls, you’ll find sculptured gardens . . .

And vine-covered trellises promising a respite from the heat . . .

You might be amazed by the shaggy maze . . .

Or intrigued with the rather barren grape arbor . . .

But even if you view the garden as a real hole in the wall . . .

It can still be the perfect place for a mindful moment . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Tippy Gnu - August 9, 2017

Amazing how those old buildings are still standing. Reminds me of me.

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

Many of them are restored buildings . . . Rockefeller needed something to do with all his $$$’s.

2. Jill Weatherholt - August 9, 2017

Being a Virginian, I’ve always loved Colonial Williamsburg. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Nancy.

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

I’ve enjoyed traipsing around CW since I attended W&M ~ especially nice that the only vehicles are horse drawn.

3. Rainee - August 9, 2017

Looks beautiful. Lots of keen gardeners there!

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

Colonial Williamsburg hires costumed interpreters for the living museum ~> including gardeners to tend the gardens up and down the street.

4. Ally Bean - August 9, 2017

I’ve never been to Colonial Williamsburg, but my husband’s been there for work conferences. Seeing your photos I want to visit it now more than ever. Great photos.

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

It’s a FABULOUS place to visit ~ especially in Spring (oh, the flowers!), Fall (oh, the fall foliage!), and during the Holidays (oh, the decorations!). If you decide to go, let me know if you want any tips or pointers.

Ally Bean - August 9, 2017

Thanks. It’s on our list of places to visit… sometime. Probably after Z-D retires.

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

See Kate’s comment ~> schedule your first visit in the Spring or Fall. You’re welcome.

5. Kate Crimmins - August 9, 2017

I love CW! Last time I was there it was hotter than hell. Note to self, don’t go mid-summer!

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

You got that right, Kate! The weather was HOT! We had to wade through the waves of HUMIDITY, even at 10 o’clock at night when we got there Monday.

By sheer luck, the next day was gorgeous in the morning, mid 70’s ~ with LOW humidity. So we hoofed it around campus (6.5 miles of walking) before refueling at the College Deli, wandering a bit more on DOG street, and then hitting the road.

6. Joanne Sisco - August 9, 2017

oh my! The various grounds are just beautiful!!

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

It’s such a pretty place to wander around. And great looking doors too!

7. Behind the Story - August 9, 2017

So beautiful! I love the vine-covered trellises and sculptured gardens. It looks like you’re enjoying both your pint of ale and your mindful moment.

nrhatch - August 9, 2017

It’s a pretty cool place to visit . . . even when it is anything but cool temp wise! The ale was delicious and C~O~L~D. Perfect on a H~O~T night.

8. L. Marie - August 9, 2017

Lovely! Would you believe I’ve never been to Colonial Williamsburg? At least I can look at your photos. 🙂

nrhatch - August 10, 2017

I have visited lots of places as an armchair traveler ~ it’s cheaper, easier, and NO CROWDS!

If you’re ever in Washington D.C., it’s about a 3 hour drive.

9. diannegray - August 10, 2017

What a beautiful place, Nancy! Thank you for taking me there today 😉

nrhatch - August 10, 2017

My pleasure, Dianne!

10. Debra - August 11, 2017

I’ve never been to CW, and I know I would be so fascinated. I do love the beautiful gardens. That last photo of you in the bricked circle is a keeper!

nrhatch - August 11, 2017

If you decide to visit, Spring and Fall are lovely . . . the summer months are hot and sticky. We really lucked out with the gorgeous temps and low humidity.

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