This year, as part of my participation in a group of artists and photographers who are seeking to expand our respective crafts, I'm trying to refine my photography and not simply snap pictures of every little thing I see. To this end, when I was in Jamestown and Williamsburg last week, I tried to be selective about what I photographed and how I framed it. You've seen some of the results of that in my pictures featuring Jamestown. Today's pictures are from Colonial Williamsburg.
Founded in 1632 as the seat of British government in the Virginia Colony and originally called Middle Plantation, Williamsburg became the capital of the colony in 1698. Today, city of Williamsburg, Virginia, is populated by nearly 12,000 souls and is the home of the College of William & Mary.
Historic, or Colonial, Williamsburg is a 301-acre restored historic area that includes a reconstruction of the Governor's Palace, a munitions bunker, Virginia's first capitol building, Bruton Parish Church (the oldest continuously-operating Episcopal church in America), and the homes and businesses of many of America's early colonialists. Men like George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and others walked these streets or lived here.
Spun and Dyed Yarns in the Rafters : Weaver's Building : George Whyte Plantation : Colonial Williamsburg
I can't say winter is the best time to visit Colonial Williamsburg, though the one advantage is, the crowds are small. I'm told this area is particularly beautiful in the spring and fall, so I have a feeling I'll be going back at some point. A note on the side about this historic place: were it not for the foresight of the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, pastor of Bruton Parish in the 1950s, and the generosity of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., Williamsburg might not be the preserved historic site it is today.
To see more pictures of Colonial Williamsburg, click on the slideshow below.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 02/09