Favorite Places in Colonial Williamsburg

The Randal House
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This 30 minute tour through the house and the grounds was very informative and probably the best depiction of what life was like at the time. During the tour, you’ll learn a lot about the Randal’s, Mrs Randal’s role as head of house and about the slaves they kept. This family ranked second in wealth, property size and amount of slaves they owned in the city. The only wealthier person, who owned more slaves than the Randall’s was the governor himself. As you walk through the rooms inside the house and the buildings on the properties you learn more about day to day life of the wealthy and the slaves. Personally I found this perspective very interesting.

The Bindery
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This is the craft of binding books together. What did i loved about this? Not necessarily the now updated process of binding and making the books, but the actually apprentice himself. He not only was very informative but he really really loved his work. The fulfillment he gets from speaking with guests, and completing his crafts was very evident. He was kind enough to talk about his personal life, his previous lucrative careers that he traded in for his current job as a Binder. Hearing his story just reaffirmed the personal journey I am on and it was great to hear his perspective on life.

The Tin Shop and Blacksmith
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These are favorites just because the crafts themselves are so cool! I mean how often do you get to see nails being forged that will actually be used for a building they are constructing on the property? The Blacksmith is equipped with tools, current projects, fire’s for molding the metal. The Tin Shop well, that was just as fun watching lanterns being made and technics that were used to create designed and shapes.

Cabinet maker
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Again like the Bindery, not only did I enjoy watching the woodworking craft but the individuals who worked there were just exceptional and so interesting to talk to. We discussed woodworking and also life. Hearing their stories and advice on life and our road trip was just so refreshing!

The Cobbler
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Have you even seen a shoe made from scratch? Have you seen one made mostly by hand and with 17th century methods? Well if not, then you have to stop by this shop. Not only do you get to watch this being done by hand, you can also purchase a pair.. Okay well, let me clarify you can order your custom fitted pair if you’d like because the creation process does take time. However, for some it is worth the wait to “walk a mile in the 17th century”. Whether you are in the mood to buy or just look, it was so interesting to look back at the evolution of something I use daily!

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