Richard Henry Lee By Louise kim

~Tuesday At Jamestown~

Barrels were useful in many different ways, and they were utilized a lot. They were mainly used either to transport things or to preserve salted foods. They seem to be hard to transport, but can be easily moved around by rolling. The design of the barrel makes it float if it rolls off of a ship. If initials of the owner were carved into the barrels, they could be identified by other ships if they spot them.

An outdoor exhibit that I saw was a Powhatan house, called a yehakin. The house was made by bending saplings and placing woven mats made out of reeds over top of the saplings. Inside, the exhibit displayed what a Powhatan chief's house looked like. The wood structure was placed by men, and the mats, rope, and everything else was made by women and children. Only a Powhatan chief could have a black bear skin in his home. There is a sun roof, but it can be closed by a waterproof flap. There were skins hanging on the walls, and the blankets were also animal skins. The inside walls were also made of mats. It was made to house the chief, his wife, and his family.

The large house is the chief's house.
This is the inside of the yehakin.

~Wednesday at Williamsburg~

Today, I went to a shop for my beloved wife. It would be Christmas soon and I wanted to give her a ring as a gift, since I was gentry and I could afford expensive things. I went to the silversmith. There was a nice looking young lady hammering silver into a bowl. "Hello, kind sir. Would you like to purchase or create a piece of silver?" She said. "Yes, I would like a ring crafted for my beloved wife. It is Christmas soon and I would like to give her a gift." I replied. "Certainly." She said. I gave her a bag of silver coins. She only took a few. "It will be ready tomorrow, sir." She said. I looked around the shop a little before I left. It was a small shop. There were windows made of glass, a rarity these days. There were a lot of items on display, including spoons, pendants, and jewelry. She was currently working on some bowls. I also saw some small dishes, plates, and bowls on her working table.

The lady's working table was full of silver bowls and plates.
A lovely young lady was working on a bowl.
These were some items on display. Spoons, pendants, and jewelry are the majority.

~The next day~

I headed to the shop. There were not many people near the shop. I opened the door and stepped inside. The woman was there, putting the ring into a ring box. "Do you like it, sir?" She asked, grinning. "Yes, thank you." I replied. I took the ring box and left the store, but not before bowing. "Thank you, miss." I said. "My pleasure." She replied with a glowing smile. When I brought the ring to my wife on Christmas Day, she jumped in joy and I was very happy.

~Thursday at Williamsburg~

Today, I visited the house of George Wythe. He is teaching my dearest friend Thomas Jefferson at his house. He is teaching him law. The house was quite grand, and was made out of bricks, something that I rarely see these days. We went to the parlor to talk and drink tea. The parlor was very fancifully decorated, with wallpaper and paintings and a wooden floor. We talked a lot, mostly about politics and but the chance that Virginia will declare independence. He explained that Wythe liked to study nature philosophy and do experiments. He showed me Mr. Wythe's study. There were many interesting books, fossils, and documents, as well as a fascinating globe. It looked so accurate! It was very interesting. I had a very enjoyable time with Thomas and hope to see him again sometime soon.

This is the entrance of George Wythe's house.
This is the parlor that we talked in. It was decorated very fancifully!
This was Mr. Wythe's study. There were some fascinating fossils and a very realistic globe!

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