We had another day in Williamsburg today, with a focus on events the launched the Revolution.
We started at the Capitol where we took the basic tour I have been on with students, but Bunny did a private version for us before the regular tours started at 9am.
From the Capitol we walked to the Gaol, where we learned more about the court system and the treatment of prisoners.
We met some nice sheep after that. They are historic sheep.
We stopped at the printing office to learn about the mechanics of the printing business and the economics of paper and ink.
After our talk from the printer we visited the Mary Stith House where we were to "Meet a Person of the Past." This was all it said on our schedule. The person turned out to be Clementina Rind, a widow in town who took over her husband's printing trade and managed to keep all his contracts even though she was a woman. It took me quite a while to figure out that she was being played by our own friend Darci! Several people in the group did not figure it out until she came out of character at the end, and one or two never recognized her!
Our next stop was the Magazine (which comes from a word for a place to store things of a like kind) where we learned about the Gunpowder Incident. We got a little rain on the way over, but not much. My group had heard most of this earlier in the week when we went hunting for information about primary sources, but it was a different interpreter, so it was not exactly the same.
Time for lunch, today at the DeWitt Wallace Museum. The food was fine, and the exhibits were interesting. I had not been to the museum before. The folk art collection is fantastic.
We hopped on the bus to the Palace, where we were to have a tour of the palace with Lady Dunmore herself. It took much less time this time around for us to recognize her, it was Darci again!
She had to say some strange things to make the tour work and stay in character -- "I don't know why he has left the pantry door open, but you might as well take a look..." but it was great fun to have her take us around. She kept pointing out things that were out of date, and blaming the decorator hired by some earlier governor. She thought the leather wallpaper was terrible, and she did not like the green and purple bed clothes.
We had a very short application session. I should be working on my part of the lesson, because our group is not even remotely done. It is a bit hard, since our topic is Yorktown, and we don't visit Yorktown until tomorrow, but really we have just been disorganized. I should be doing that now.
We had dinner on our own. George (the peer facilitator and the only other one who seems addicted to wifi like I am) and I tried to have pizza delivered to the basement with the wifi and the ghosts, but Papa Johns would not deliver there -- something about not having a phone number, even though we had a cell phone number. So we walked to Market Square and got pizza there, but we could not work on our computers.
I did find the Thomas Jefferson statue.
Our evening program was "Dance, Our Dearest Diversion." There were demonstrations and some audience participation. I was happy enough not to get picked to dance.