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Radio Recap: Williamsburg

Check out anything you may have missed on our show featuring WILLIAMSBURG where we…

Talk about the food, the fun, the flavor. Every town or city has a story to tell, and we get to tell that story!

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What a place, full of rich history that is essential to the way we live our lives today! You can now visit this historic place with the experience of what it was like on a regular day for our Founding Fathers. However, this was not always so. Thanks to The Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller, Colonial Williamsburg was restored to its grandeur for us to appreciate today! Thinking of things that we wish could be brought back to its former glory, Eric wanted to know… “What is something you would like to have restored from your life?”

Wally grew up on a farm with the daily grind of the chores that awaited him every morning. He would always wake up and know exactly what he needed to get done in order for things to run the way they should on his father’s farm. He would love to restore that kind of work for his own kids, unfortunately, life in the city doesn’t as easily provide that type of labor. Now if he could purchase the land he grew up on in Virginia, that would be ideal.

Our guest, Ciera Hudson, mentioned her desire to restore her old family videos into digital files. Thankfully with technology, this desire is easily attainable. It’s an interesting game that we play… film to VHS, VHS to DVD, DVD to USB. When does it stop? Once you finally made the transition from one form of technology to the next, there is a whole new movement that is bigger and better.

I instantly thought of the house I grew up in when Eric asked this question. The cutest red brick house on one of the sweetest streets with the kindest people was my home. So many memories made in that house that I would love to recreate with my own little family. If I could restore that house to the beauty I remember it by, I would live there until my last breath.

Eric talked about his parents and how they were able to get all of the kids pumped up and excited to get the job done. Eric would want to restore his parents’ hard work ethic they instilled in him, toward the next generation. His parents may have tricked them into working on more than one occasion, but hey, the work got done!

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AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR HISTORY… in a nutshell

So much of our understanding of history comes to us in pieces:  facts, dates, anecdotes; bits of data that we compile together to form a picture of what it must have been like.  It’s a wonderful process, but can sometimes leave us wanting just a little bit more.  We crave the color, the excitement and the human side of where we come from. 

What if you could wade through history?  What if you could walk down a street and see it as it was—as it is happening?   Take the American Revolution.  What if you could meet George Washington—or have dinner with him at his favorite seafood Tavern?  What if you could walk down the street discussing democracy with Thomas Jefferson?  Or listen to Patrick Henry rail against the tyranny of the king and demand that he be given, “Liberty or death.” 

This is Williamsburg.  No, it’s not 1775 all over again.  But when you walk through the Revolutionary City, surrounded by citizens in 18th century clothing and avoiding being hit by the many horses and carriages on the road, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that it just might be. 

Here you can join the continental army—right before the battle of Yorktown and hear General Washington urging you to victory.  You can prepare to storm the Governor’s mansion because he took away your stores of gun powder as you formed the state’s militia.  You’ll join in debates on a strong national government vs. the importance of states rights.  You’ll hear talk of Patrick Henry being a traitor.  You’ll have to decide, just what side you’re really on. 

See, Williamsburg is a living-history museum.  174 acres of pristine land in southern Virginia that was the capital of Virginia from 1699-1780.  In fact it was Governor Thomas Jefferson who moved the capitol to Richmond in 1781.  That’s right, Thomas Jefferson was the Governor of Virginia.  So was Patrick Henry.  And they governed, at least for a while, in Williamsburg. 

This is a place to bring the whole family.  With over 150 original and restored buildings, a cast of 1000’s, and more activities than you can engage in if you stayed a week, Williamsburg gives you a chance to move past the small bits of history.  Instead you are completely immersed.  It’s all around you.  You are part of it.  From eating to shopping to meeting those who shaped our nation, the history of Williamsburg is still being written by everyone who comes here. 

Get to know Ciera Hudson ~ Yours Truly Ciera

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Our One-Minute Madness Interview with Ciera

  • What’s your favorite kind of pizza? – “Margherita”
  • Where did you go on your first airplane ride? – “Hawaii actually”
  • What’s your favorite word? – “Awesome”
  • What’s your least favorite word? – “Moist”
  • What did you want to be when you were a kid? – “An OBGYN”
  • What’s the most beautiful thing in the world to you? – “A sleeping baby”
  • What’s your favorite candy bar? – “Reese’s”
  • Who is the funniest person you know? – “My husband”
  • What is your motto in life? – “Let loose”

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Best of the Best of the Best “Sir!”

  1. REVOLUTIONARY CITY – Join the continental Army, take a carriage ride, meet the people who live here in costume and in character! Experience the live action and theatrical performances that surround you. Kids can also play games at the Benjamin Powell House, get a glimpse of Williamsburg through the eyes of your littles.
  2. GREAT HOPES PLANTATION – See the recreation of a farm and a plantation from that time. Visit with the African American Historical Interpreters engaging in many domestic and agricultural tasks while discussing slavery and the life of a slave. Watch carpenters working their trade making building materials for new construction projects around town.
  3. CAPITAL BUILDING – Virginia’s first colony to speak for Independence on May 15, 1776. Patrick Henry gave his “Ceasar-Brutus” speech against the stamp-act here in 1765. All the famous people played parts in this building, including Washington, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason, George Wythe, and Richard Henry Lee.
  4. GOVERNOR’S PALACE – The Governor’s Palace was where the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia resided. Take a tour of this historical place right in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City.
  5. HISTORIC SHOPS – Be sure to check out these fun shops such as the Colonial Nursery, the Golden Ball, John Greenhow Store, the Market House, Post Office, Prints Store, and other interesting businesses.
  6. HISTORIC EATING – You must make a stop to dine at Chistiana Campbell’s Tavern, George Washington’s favorite tavern for seafood. There are places to fine dine, stop for a mid-afternoon sweet tooth, even enjoy period inspired foods.
  7. COURTHOUSE – The Declaration of Independence was read from these steps in July 1776, along with the Treaty of Paris in 1783. You can attend a mock trial as a plaintiff, defendant, juror, or a member of the audience based on actual cases from Historical records!
  8. BRUTON PARISH CHURCH – Established in 1674 this church was the consolidation of two previous parishes in the Virginia colony, it is still an active Episcopal parish church today.
  9. COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG REGIONAL VISITOR CENTER – Park and leave it, there are no cars allowed in the city. Don’t worry, there is a complimentary shuttle. You can watch the film “Williamsburg-the story of a patriot” the longest running motion picture in history! You can buy tickets here, make an itinerary and speak to a very knowledgable staff.
  10. THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY – Visit the second college in the American colonies charted by King William III and Queen Mary II. It is the second oldest college in the Nation. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler were all educated here.
  11. ABBY ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER FOLK ART MUSEUM – If you have an appreciation for folk art like Erick Dowdle, then this is your place! this is the nation’s leading exhibition of American folk art. You can view items of folk art from contemporary artists to the original classics.

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Our Take Away

Wally was reminded by Ciera that he needs to restore some of his footage from his family growing up.

I want to enjoy some good old peanut soup after reenacting a mock trial with my dad in the Courthouse.

While Eric just wants to bring back some of the great things his parents taught him to his own children/grandchildren. Restoring the old so the new can appreciate.

We’ve had a lot of fun talking about WILLIAMSBURG, join us next time for Traveling with Eric Dowdle

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