Tuesday, March 7, 2017 -Jamestowne
This is the Jamestown reenactment: men are demonstating weapons, women dressed as colonists are wandering in the fields, etc. The town center was hugely important to the colony, as it was a meetingplace, and semi-safe spot to be in times of war. We were able to walk into many different homes and stores, and see what life was like in 17th century Jamestown.
This photo is of a man, Murray, showing us all the steps that involve preparing + firing a musket. Muskets (and weapons, in general) were hugely important for the war. They provided protection and were used as threats in battles, etc, as firearms were incredibly dangerous--that's why they were so useful. Muskets were generally made of wood or metal, and musketballs were made out of lead. They were introduced by the English.
Wednesday, March 8, 1774- Williamsburg
On this day, I visited an accqaintance of mine, George Wythe, in his home. It was a relief to be invited inside, as the wind had made my hair go all elflock, and erstwhile the war is going on, it felt better as a lady to take shelter. The room pictured is his parlor, with a violinist performing on request. I was impressed by the grandeur of his home, and all of the beautiful paintings on the walls. Behind the house, his slave was working in the kitchen, and I glanced over at her work. I'd heard her name before--Lydia, Lydia Broadnax. She was preparing sausage for dinner; Mr. Wythe is having guests over tonight. Maybe they were meeting about the revolution, how would I know? George is a good man, however, and I greatly enjoyed his company and home.
I apologize for such a short entry today, however, there are other things I must go do.