Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Williamsburg, VA - Part 5

This is the last post on Williamsburg, until our next trip there.

Below is the Bowden-Armistead house built in the 19th century.  It is privately owned and not open to the public.

I don't know much about each home but there is a link here to many of the historical homes in the town.  

This is the spire of the Bruton Parish Church.  It is one of the oldest Episcopalian churches in America,  and has been open for services since 1715.

The building above and below is the Raleigh Tavern established in 1717, named for Sir Walter Raleigh.   It was destroyed by fire in 1859 but rebuilt and dedicated in 1931.  You can read more about this building here.  (A bit of personal trivia: Sir Walter Raleigh's half-brother, Sir Humphry Gilbert,  lived in Compton Castle - its history found here - which was also the name of the village next to the one I lived in (Marldon) before I met Gregg.  My Dad occasionally worked with one of Humphry Gilbert's descendants, a Q.C. Dad had contact with through his job.  They had a great deal of respect for each other and this gentleman attended my Dad's funeral.  Knowing my Dad he would probably have been surprised but happy he did that.  I also remember him saying such nice things about my Dad and I will always be thankful to him for being so kind.  If you go here you can see a video on Compton Castle.  It also shows the church where Gregg and I were married.  It is the first church shared in the video after the tour around Compton Castle.  

And now back to Williamsburg).

Hanging outside one of the stores.

This young man was closing the building for the day......

but he was happy to pose for Gregg's camera.

This lady was chatting to tourists.

This young lady was in my Part 4 post......

as was this one who was in the same photo as the lady above.

She was very happy to pose with me for a photograph.  I really liked her hat, her whole outfit actually.

We came across a structure where you could buy a few things to take home.

and I wasn't going to get the hat but Gregg saw me looking at it and insisted on buying it for me.

The gardens here were wonderful but we didn't really have a lot of time to look around them.  We will be back.

There were a lot of bees enjoying the flowers.

I also spotted an interesting looking bug on the sunflowers.

besides the bee that is.

It was a June bug.

The butterflies loved these flowers.  I must have counted a dozen or more but here are two.

One last house before the heavens opened and it rained like the dickens.

We had a great time looking around Williamsburg and we look forward to our next visit.