After 2 fun-filled days at the Great Wolf Lodge, we spent our last day in Williamsburg walking around the Colonial Village.
The first stop in our walk was the Great Hopes Plantation, where we get a glimpse into the lives of 18th century farmers and slaves. We learned that kids as young as Gabe would be out in the fields working from dawn to dusk! I guess we really spoil our kids... :)
|Olivia got to see some homemade dolls in the slave house. We learned that the small (16'x16') cabin housed 12-14 slaves.|
Our next stop was a small building that housed all kinds of toys and clothes that kids would have had in the 1770s. All 3 of the kids immediately found the ball and peg toy and proceeded to spend at least 10 minutes trying their hands at it.
|Bean toss was pretty popular, too.|
|Olivia learned about the different economic classes and how to tell them apart from pictures of their clothes, toys, dishes and houses.|
|We went to see the garden and a gardener was out turning the soil for planting fall crops. Olivia asked if it was hard to do by hand and he leet her try it out. She didn't think it was too hard, but a tiller would make it easier!|
|Next was the printer. Olivia thought it was amazing how many little letters they had to put together just to make one page.|
I took the kids over to the new armory, which is actually a blacksmith. The Magazine is actually where they store weapons and powder.
|The boys immediately gravitated to the keys.|
|Olivia thought the tongs were so neat because the were springy but didn't have a spring like ours at home.|
|We watched the smith make nails for a few minutes.|
|The shoemaker's shop. Whatever you do, don't call him a cobbler. Cobblers fix shoes.|
Our final stop of the day was at the revolutionary encampment. Olivia joined the other kids in training to use a musket.
For the ride home, we decided to take the Jamestown/Scotland ferry across the James River. We have taken it before and the kids always enjoy going on a boat.
|We passed another ferry going the other way. It was the ferry we rode last time we came up.|
|Despite the lack of pictures, Emma was on the trip with us. :)|