The Historic Area walk is about 1.5 miles in one direction with a good deal of standing; few opportunities for rest stops; level, pebbled streets, occasional benches along the way. For anyone concerned about the physical challenges, there is a bus available about half-way that stops a block from the College.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, water included.
We’ll have two lectures this morning with a short break between. We will begin with an expert presentation highlighted by archival slides on Williamsburg before and after what is lovingly called the Restoration. The presenter worked for many years for Colonial Williamsburg and is intimately acquainted with the amazing transformation that took place in the mid-20th century. We will hear about the physical changes that took place as well as the attitudes and reactions of locals. We’ll learn more about the reinvention of Virginia’s old colonial capital from the Great Depression through World War II, the involvement and generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the town’s continuing evolution.
At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet lunch with coffee, tea, water included.
With the morning presentation fresh in our minds, we will stroll down historic Duke of Gloucester Street, heart of Colonial Williamsburg, known locally as DoG Street. This expert-led field trip will highlight some of the most interesting features of the Restored Area, including the reconstructed Capitol, Governor's Palace, homes, gardens, and tradesmen's shops. The College of William and Mary (founded in 1693) is adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. Our next stop is the College’s Wren Building, oldest continuously used academic building in the country, built before the town existed, and the first building to be restored during the Restoration. We’ll sit on the hard benches as early students did and learn about a university education in the 18th century. We will finish with a visit to the Wren Chapel for a concert of period music on its 18th century pipe organ, one of the four oldest in the U.S., with an opportunity to learn about the instrument.
At a restaurant in downtown Williamsburg, we’ll have a plated and served dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.