Monday, October 7, 2013

dog street, williamsburg, virginia

when you attend the college of william and mary colonial williamsburg is your oyster. as a student you get the added perk of getting into most of the attractions for free. for someone like me, a self-proclaimed history nerd, it was a dream come true, and i took every opportunity to explore the hidden gems that lie on the other side of richmond road. one of my favorite things to do was go running down duke of gloucester street, or dog street to locals. it was a fun experience because you could count on seeing  tourists exploring and learning, horse carriages and reenacters in colonial garb, cute shops with colonial products for sale, and if you were lucky, a fife and drum corp practicing. plus, it was the perfect two mile loop to run. so of course it was one of the first places i wanted to take rcg when we went to visit in june.  

it was a gorgeous day, blue skies and humid, as we set off on our walk down dog street. (it's free for anyone to walk around colonial williamsburg, you only have to pay if you want to go into the exhibits and museums.) since i had been hogging the newytuij camera on my road trip, rcg took a spin behind the lens, and i think he did a really great job of capturing the beauty of williamsburg. plus, it gave me time to catch up with friends as he wandered off and explored!


the governor's palace is one of the places you have to pay to get into, even william and mary students. students are allowed to explore once their freshman year when colonial williamsburg welcomes new students, but after that they're not allowed in without a day pass. which is why students have developed the tradition of the triathlon, three events around campus that air on the mischievous side -- streaking the sunken gardens, swimming in the crim dell, and jumping the governor's palace walls and going through the maze. 



another favorite place for students and tourists alike are the taverns, restaurants styled after those that would have been present during the colonial era. each one has a different style, but they all have amazing food and drinks and the wait staff are attired in traditional colonial clothing. they can be hard to get into though, there is often a long line, but if you call ahead and make reservations, they're definitely worth it.

when you visit colonial williamsburg you have to take the opportunity to explore some of the shops, they're amazing! both my mother and i own beautiful silver bracelets from the silversmith shop, and there are a number of other great places, including a print shop and a hat shop. all of the goods are authentically colonial and the staff are happy to explain how things were made during the colonial era, so don't be afraid to ask questions!

i really can't recommend colonial williamsburg enough. if nothing else, it's fun to take pictures in the pillory outside of the courthouse. the pillory is made of wood, with holes for your head and hands, and traditionally, people would have thrown rotten fruits and vegetables at you as you stood punishment. nowadays, people use it for cute posed pictures and silly jokes about where they'll send their children when they misbehave. another thing i recommend: buy (or at least try on) a tri-corner hat or bonnet. again, it's a perfect photo opportunity.

all pictures taken by rcg.

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