Monday, October 24, 2016

Day 3 - Williamsburg VA

October 2016 - Williamsburg VA

We spent a lazy Sunday morning before heading out today.

We walked around Merchants Square and into historic Williamsburg.

We didn't buy any tickets to enter the buildings. It looks like a full day activity so will save it for another day.
Other than lunch we just wandered around enjoying the gorgeous weather. So sit back and just enjoy. We'll do the full tour another day and you will get plenty of history.

There were some fun signs.

We're on duke of Gloucester St or DoG as the locals call it.

trellis, our lunch spot.

When Americans began fighting against the British in 1775, they acknowledged their British heritage, and the slim possibility of reconciliation, by adding six white stripes to the Red Ensign.

IN THE AUTUMN, Colonial Williamsburg interpreters re-enact the town's most notorious instance of revolutionary vigilantism, the raising of the Liberty Pole in front of King's Arms Tavern on Duke of Gloucester Street in late 1774. In other colonies, residents had already hung flags on poles or trees as places where Sons of Liberty could rally at the least affront to patriot sensibilities. Often, a barrel of tar and bag of feathers were kept nearby as reminders of the consequences of non-compliance with public resistance to British authority. No loyalist or British official in Williamsburg ever suffered the pain, disfigurement, and humiliation of the coat of tar and feathers visited on Boston customs man John Malcomb in January 1774. Yet, such a thing almost happened in Virginia's capital in November that year. Though there was no violence in Williamsburg, the affair set the town—and the mother country—abuzz.

A sneak peak at the Governor's Palace.

I wonder what they did to get put into the stocks??

Curious to find out what this building is.

Tuesday Treasures

Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

September 2016 - Paw Paw MI

Painted by Southwest Michigan Artists' Association recreation of old postcards.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Day 1 and 2 - Toronto to Williamsburg PA

October 2016

We left Toronto in the rain and it continued pretty much all day.

We must have gotten into the slowest line at US Customs, we watched all the other lines speed through. John said "must be a woman" and sure enough it was. Totally unfriendly and took forever to check our passports, even asked who owned the vehicle... But never asked us to lower the back seat window, odd.

Just a quick stop for Mc D's, not sure the last time we were in one but it served its purpose. It's a long drive in the rain so fast food works. Took a wrong turn finding McD, but snapped these.

Some more photos on our way.

Not sure why the GPS took us the way it did away from major interstates but it worked.

Johnstown was formally organized as a town in 1800 by the Swiss German immigrant Joseph Johns (born Josef Schantz). The settlement was initially known as "Schantzstadt", but was soon anglicized to Johnstown. From 1834 to 1854, the city was a port and key transfer point along the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal. Johnstown was at the head of the canal's western branch, with canal boats having been transported over the mountains via the Allegheny Portage Railroad and refloated here, to continue the trip by water to Pittsburgh and the Ohio Valley. Perhaps the most famous passenger who traveled via the canal to visit Johnstown briefly was Charles Dickens in 1842. By 1854, canal transport became redundant with the completion of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which now spanned the state. With the coming of the railroads, the city's growth improved. Johnstown became a stop on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad and was connected with the Baltimore & Ohio. The railroads provided large-scale development of the region's mineral wealth.

In googling the town it turned out that we just missed Trump earlier this afternoon. This is definitely Trump territory.

We stayed in the Hampton Inn and ordered Chinese food for dinner.

The room we had was on the first floor near the lobby, it was like sleeping in Grand Central Station. The clerk when we checked out just said sorry, and nothing else.

We had the free breakfast at the Hampton and got on the road around 10. The sun is out and the temperature is rising.

Crossing into Maryland.

Lunch in Germantown.

Getting through DC was slow due to heavy traffic.

We stop at a rest area in Virginia.

Virginia has always used the slogan "Virginia is for Lovers".

We're in a 2 bed 2 bath condo for a week at the Patriot's Inn.

A quick grocery shop and we put our feet up.