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A few weekends ago a couple of friends and I jumped in the car and drove to Colonial Williamsburg.  None of us had ever been there as children and were very curious.  Surprisingly it was not the tourist trap that we all feared.  We enjoyed every bit of the pristine and immaculate restorations and recreations of houses, farms, and trade buildings from the 18th century.  Although the staff in "character" can be a bit much they are very generous with their knowledge.

I was attracted to the details on buildings and inside the trade shops where skilled artisans still make goods from the 18th century.  It was very inspiring to see and feel craftsmanship that is rarely seen today.  The details on everything although subtle, made everything feel special.  Here is a small collection of the details I found inspiring.

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amazing monogram made of nail heads

1 amazing monogram made of nail heads

wood stool with leather handle

2 wood stool with leather handle

copper plaque with lovely green patina

3 copper plaque with lovely green patina

I love these enormous cylinder bushes

4 I love these enormous cylinder bushes

door hinge and beautiful nail heads

5 door hinge and beautiful nail heads

handsome leather military bags

6 handsome leather military bags

wood floor in the magazine where they stored military supplies

7 wood floor in the magazine where they stored military supplies

the silversmith's workshop

8 the silversmith's workshop

the silversmith's materials

9 the silversmith's materials

materials in the basket weaving studio

10 materials in the basket weaving studio

basket handles tied and drying into shape

11 basket handles tied and drying into shape

the wig maker's materials

12 the wig maker's materials

beautiful white textures

13 beautiful white textures

an elegant door handle

14 an elegant door handle

Comments (7)

  • Your pictures capture Williamsburg's beauty so well. It's a favorite place of mine.

  • Thank you for the pictures. Love the wood stool with the leather straps.

  • I find it interesting to see how they did crafting many years ago.

  • One of our favorite places to go. The history just overwhelms you. To go into the church and see where our founding fathers sat and prayed to the unique homes and how they lived. Thanks for sharing one of my memories.

  • My absolute favorite vacation spot - I would love to live near it!!!! Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

  • I love Williamsburg. I live in the UK and have been there twice now. My Facebook profile photo is from there.

    Have to say I didn't manage to get such detailed architectural photos though.

  • I loved Willamsburg. The wig maker was my favorite because I've created historical costumes and we talked shop a bit about wig making which I know nothing about. My dog liked that several of the characters had dog treats in their pockets and give him extras when they learned he can wave, shake, down, speak, dance, etc.

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