Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pictures from Colonial Williamsburg

About two weeks ago, my parents and I visited Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. I had a wonderful time, and it was fascinating to see how many things I recognized from the OUTLANDER books. I thought I'd share a few examples:

This first picture comes from the apothecary shop in Williamsburg. There was a small room off the main part of the shop, roped off so you couldn't get inside. The medicine chest with the little drawers looks exactly like the one that Jamie gives Claire as an anniversary gift in DRUMS OF AUTUMN. [g] My parents didn't understand my excitement at seeing it, until I explained where I'd seen one like it before. Can't you just imagine Claire sitting here?



We had lunch one day in the cafeteria of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (fascinating place, if you ever get a chance to visit). Directly across from the cafeteria, there was a display of 18th century firearms. Including a fowling piece (the shorter one near the bottom with the odd-looking barrel). I was fascinated, since I had never actually seen one before, and knew the term only from the OUTLANDER books. ("Ohhh!" I said when I saw it. "So that's what they look like!") And again, my parents sort of looked on, bemused, but humoring me. [g]


This picture is a closeup from that same firearms display. What caught my eye here were the devices for molding lead balls. I think maybe the smaller one with the wooden handles could be similar to the one Jamie uses in ABOSAA, when he's talking with Major MacDonald.


And notice the bayonet in this picture. That blade looks really dangerous, doesn't it?


This picture was taken just after our arrival in the historical section of Williamsburg on our first full day there. We saw this man leading a pair of oxen across the street almost directly in front of us. (Definitely a sight you don't see every day!) There are in fact a pair of them in this picture, although you can't really tell unless you look closely. I like the way the ox is looking directly into the camera.


And finally, here is a picture of Patrick Henry (no, he's not a relative of mine, though our family does like to jokingly claim him as a relation anyway [g]). We saw him do a 45-minute lecture and Q&A, and he was terrific!

I love the way the re-enactors stay in character no matter what bizarre question you ask them. When we were there, they were re-enacting events from 1774. Someone asked one of the re-enactors his opinion on the Revolution, and he looked quite shocked at the prospect. "Revolution?! What sort of treasonous nonsense is that?" [g]

It was a great trip, and I hope you enjoy these pictures!

7 comments:

Diane M. said...

Thanks, Karen. The pictures are great! How cool to find the medicine chest. They may have had to restrain me from going past the ropes to touch it!

I was in Williamsburg when I was about 8, so I don't recall much. I do, however, remember how impressively they stayed in character.

Diane

Merrymags said...

Hello Karen:

My DH and I visited Williamsburg during our honeymoon, just after Gettysburg and D.C. Too bad that was just a couple years before Outlander was published -- I've always loved American history, but even more so now that I've had Diana's books. I hope to go back some day.....

Midge

Janell said...

I am so very glad you posted your blog address on the compuserve site. It is lovely and I plan to sit a bit later today and go back through some of your posts. Thanks so much and I am pleased you will be one of the new "fairy godmothers" for the site. I am a relative newbie and have enjoyed being challenged to think and learn more about the goods since I discovered these sites.

Karen Henry said...

Janell:

Thanks so much! Glad you're enjoying the blog. [g]

Karen

Janellybelly said...

Thanks for the great post. It's good to get a visual image of things you've read in books - I don't think I will get a chance to visit Williamsburg anytime soon (& the distance from Oz doesn't help).
Janelle N

Karen Henry said...

So glad you enjoyed the pictures! I know what you mean; the chances of me ever visiting Australia are pretty minuscule [g].

Karen

AngieLass said...

I was at Williamsburg last November and, like you, felt so close to the Books. I felt as if I'd fallen into them in a way. I played hookie from the in-laws & family for an additional two days sightseeing while they were at other venues so I could come back and stroll the village streets by myself and listen to the characters' speeches. My highlight was having Thanksgiving dinner at King's Arms Tavern. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos, Karen.