Today we returned to Williamsburg. Fortunately it was sunny and warmer, but Tom still wore his new leather airman jacket and we both wore gloves and beanies. It was a Veterans Day celebration and the march at 13:00 included some veterans (those who chose to march).
We spent the day wandering around, taking a tour of the Governor's Palace which was built by the Governor, the English King's representative. It is an opulent building but the guide pointed out that with only 25 rooms it was very small compared to what the Governor who built it was used to. Apparently his home had about 100 rooms! We also toured the Capitol building - where both the government and the judiciary met - there was no separation of powers then.
In the afternoon we followed the enactments of events in the collapse of the English government. These were staged at different locations in Colonial Williamsburg so we walked around to each - which kept us warm. We didn't stay for one scene which was of a hysterical woman whose husband was missing at war - it was too histrionic for us. (In a later enactment she received a letter from him so it all ended happily ever after - or not.)
The other enactments were of:
· The reading of the Declaration of Independence to the citizens of Williamsburg
· Treatment of the captured British Governor of Detroit (not good)
· Benedict Arnold (that turncoat) seizing Williamsburg for Britain
· Should slaves flee to the British (who are offering freedom)?
· What is the future of the new society - will all citizens be equal and will there be separation of government and church?
· Address from General Washington.
We ate in a pleasant restaurant at Williamsburg - another huge meal. We are having trouble ordering a reasonable amount of food at meals. This night after Ruth had eaten the salad (which is often an unstated part of the entrée/ main course you order) she didn't want her main course and regretted eating most of it. Even Tom couldn't finish it.