Williamsburg Trip 2017 Lady dunmore, charlotte murray- By clementine bondor

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 -Jamestowne

JAMESTOWN CENTER

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.

MUSKET DEMONSTRATION + PRESENTATION

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

GEORGE WYTHE HOUSE

Journal,

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.

Sincerely,

Charlotte

Thursday, March 9, 1774

BLACKSMITH SHOP

Journal,

This may be another short entry, as I must travel near Richmond with my husband, John (better known as Lord Dunmore). I visited a blacksmith today, just to make sure that we didn't need anything more for our journey. It was quite an experience. Many people despise the smell of a blacksmith, because it smells strongly of grease and smoke. However, I like it very much--I used to ride horses when I was younger, and it smelled just like the lemony fly spray that we would spritz onto the horses before a trail ride. It kept the bugs off the horses in the sweltering heat, which was also present within the shop. The air was smoky, and there were lit ovens scattered around the shop. Here, you could buy just about anything: horse bits, stirrups, mugs, jars, fireplace tools, chains, and much more. All you had to do was take a stroll down the street to the shop, and you could have many things customized--just for you! Lots of people send slaves down here, who trek through the haze and place orders.

I'll continue writing later, but good-bye for now.

Sincerely,

Lady Dunmore

Charlotte Murray

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