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-Gettysburg is so small and peaceful.

-Gettysburg became the home for President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower after his term as President.

-Of the over 51,000 casualties in the three day Battle of Gettysburg, only one civilian in the town of Gettysburg was killed - 20 year old Jenny Wade.
-Eighty-eight (88) of the buildings in Colonial Williamsburg are original to the Revolutionary (1770's) period! 

-Martha Washington's first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, is buried in the churchyard of Bruton Parish Church in the heart of Williamsburg. 

-Blackbeard's pirates were locked in the Jail (Goal) of Williamsburg and after the trials, thirteen of them were hung to death.
Putting your head and hands or legs in the pillory or stocks next to the courthouse in Market Square - have someone help!
Walking onboard the replicas of the three ships on which the first settlers came over - the Discovery, the Susan Constant, and the Godspeed.
Taking a night tour with a guide in costume and a candle lit "lanthorn."
Sitting in the House of Burgesses and hearing about the American Revolution.
Evening "Lanthorn" Tour or Special Evening Program at Colonial Williamsburg
Guided Study Visit of Colonial Williamsburg
Richmond or Monticello - Thomas Jefferson's Estate in Charlottesville.
Jamestown Settlement, and/or
Yorktown Victory Center
Education Programs
Colonial Williamsburg/Historic Triangle

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Shewsbury Cakes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
Ground nutmeg (optional)
Stir together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside. Beat butter with an electric mixer on high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat until well mixed. Divide dough in half. Chill, covered, 1 hour.
Roll dough 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 1/2-inch rounds with a cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until very light brown.

Makes about 70 cookies.

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There is a bakeshop just off of Duke of Gloucester Street behind Raleigh Tavern, the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop, that sells baked goods.  The Shrewsbury cakes (a cookie - recipe here) are very good as is the gingerbread.

If you have time, eat lunch at one of the Colonial Williamsburg Taverns.  They are located along the Duke of Gloucester Street.  They tend to be busy in the spring, so it may be difficult to get in.

A lot of water.  Also the colonial-style bottled root beer and apple cider (found in shops along Duke of Gloucester Street or at vendors in the Market Square) is a tasty drink.
Be Prepared:
Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot, 1957, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Liberty! - The American Revolution,  1998, PBS Home Video.

Forbes, Esther.  Johnny Tremain,  Yearling, 1944, reissue edition (1987)

Colonial fife and drum music.  Listen to a clip from Colonial Williamsburg here.
Listen to and read about "The World Turned Upside Down" here.  This song was played by the British army when they surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown.
Williamsburg is located in the middle of The Virginia Peninsula, one of three mainland peninsulas extending from the Virginia mainland.  The Peninsula is between the York and the James Rivers.  It is located in the Atlantic Coastal Plain. This area of lowlands stretches about 100 miles inland and is covered with salt marshes and swamps. It's often called the Tidewater because of the flow of water up and down the coastal inlets and bays as the tide moves in and out.   Along the James River is found Jamestown and along the York River is found Yorktown.


Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown's climates are very temperate.  Winter is mild and short.  Spring and fall linger with bursts of color in blossoms and changing leaves.  Summer is hot and humid.

Spring temperatures are usually very pleasant with nice breezes and sun - average temperatures are in the 60's.  Rain is always possible. Travelers in February and March should have layers of clothing as it can be cool with the average temperature being in the 40's.

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
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