Saturday, December 31, 2011

Back to Britian

With 300 years passed, it’s easy to forget that we were once British and glad to claim the pedigree. That’s the good thing about re-visiting Williamsburg, Va. This tidewater city was the capitol of the biggest and wealthiest British colony in the New World in the 1700s.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates the historic area and several outlying museum and other attractions, is careful to remind visitors of those English roots. A special program yesterday in the courthouse was set in the years before American Independence, when British justice was the rule in Williamsburg and a “dissenter” Presbyterian could be tried for missing Sunday services at Bruton Parish Anglican Church, the official church of England.

Today, during a program at the Capitol building, the tour guide reminded about 50 visitors that revolutionary colonist weren’t particularly angry about British rule. They generally were proud of their nation. They rebelled because they felt the crown wasn’t affording them the rights guaranteed to every British citizen.

There are a million things to enjoy in Williamsburg. It’s hard to believe that after seeing the Fife and Drum Corps, it’s still possible for its music to stir the soul. A kids program at the magazine deftly engaged children of several ages while being funny and informative at the same time.

Thanks to the Foundation’s marketing department for complimentary admission to its programs.

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