We woke early in the morning and immediately hit the pavement to see the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Since Mike and I are on a monetary and time budget (not as much anymore, but that’s a story for later…) we wanted to see as much as possible in the five hours we had allotted.
The first thing I noticed was that nothing was open before ten. Given how popular this town is for tourism, we kind of assumed that it would be open early (we got there at 8:00), but since it wasn’t, we did a bit of exploring. The architecture, of course, has to be noted. The College of William and Mary is right in the heart of colonial Williamsburg, and all of its buildings were impressive, to say the least (except, I guess, for people not into brickwork.) Since I am also casually looking at law schools on this trip, seeing William and Mary for the first time was exciting. I loved it to visit, but I bet as a student it could get mighty annoying to deal with gawkers such as current-me.
When the attraction of Williamsburg started to pick up, with the re-enactors coming out of the woodwork, we tried to blend into the crowd to see what was up. Unfortunately, without a day pass, a lot of the buildings and attractions were “look don’t touch.” Being non-paying tourists, we were unable to get into the buildings set up with the colonial touch. However, we did get to watch the outside re-enactments, like the argument between the governor and town speaker that we stumbled upon.
What was especially cool about these moments was the placed audience members, dressed in colonial garb, who spoke to regular crowd members as if you were seeing the actual event take place. Every cast member had their own story, so it really felt as though you were living pre-revolutionary history.
We left Williamsburg around 1:00, hitting the road for a little town called Indian Land, South Carolina, which is only about a half hour from Charlotte, NC, to visit Mike’s aunt. The drive was horribly uneventful. Our problem with driving through Delaware had been all of the rundown farms, but this drive through North Carolina was all trees. We took major highways, since we couldn’t stop even if we wanted to see something, but that doesn’t make for an interesting ride. “Scenic” only goes so far. Sorry, North Carolina; I know you have wonderful parts, but I-85 is not one of them. Kudos to your wonderfully clean and park-like rest stops, though.
Our experience thus far in this little South Carolinian town has been uneventful. It is nice to see family and to have a home cooked meal, but this entire area is full of developments and pop-up towns. It is almost eerie, going from mobile trailer parks to these monstrous-sized houses that all look the same with a little gate blocking the rich micro-towns full of wealthy northern retirees from the poorer, native southerners. The socioeconomic gap is disturbing.
Next stop: Savannah, GA, for day 4!