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#TreeSquares 20: Colonial Williamsburg

Less than two weeks to go of #TreeSquare now, but it is still absolutely fine to join in the fun. You could square daily for the remainder of the month or just pop in occasionally between now and the 31st with your trees. The only absolute rule for joining in with Squares is that your photograph must be square in shape! Although I’d love it if you had a moment to also explore the galleries – here’s part one of the first and here’s part two.

Becky B

In this month’s square’s challenge I will start at home, which is Prescott, AZ and spiral farther and farther from home to share different tree from my travels. Since FOTD accepts trees, all of these posts will work for both Becky B’s #TreeSquares and Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Trees in Colonial Williamsburg

Capitol Building at Colonial Williamsburg

One of the first things that all of us from California noticed when we went to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia was that it was thick with trees. They made idea frames for our photos. Other than the taverns, the Capitol Building pictured above was at the heart of everything that happened in 1776. All of the leaders of both sides of the revolution argument met here.

The trees dwarfed everyone. This picture puts them into perspective.

Participants were each assigned a role to argue in front of the “legislature.” Acting the part of a small farmer, I easily won the debate about not joining in the revolution based on the convictions printed up for me to act out. The passion for freedom did not ring in the hearts of the actors in 2009 as it did in 1776.

Marsha in front of the home of Clementina Rind in the shadow of a giant tree.

When I attended the week-long teacher training in Colonial Williamsburg, each of us was assigned a character to BE during the week. Clementina was a female publisher who took over the weekly newspaper after the death of her husband.

Clementina published Thomas Jefferson’s First Declaration, and sent his document all over the colonies and Europe.  That document became the gateway to Jefferson’s writing fame and was designed to win people’s hearts to the Revolutionary cause.

Here is a short section of the tree-lined, mile-long Main street that went from the Capitol to William and Mary’s College. We walked at least five to seven miles a day during our week’s stay.
This was one of the shops.

Here are other posts I wrote about my experiences there.

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I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  1. I’ve not revisited Williamsburg in many years Marsha, but your post is a fond reminder of the wonderful history on display there. And yes, their trees are glorious! You are one busy blogger with all of the challenges you’re participating in and/or hosting this month! Good for you, terrific job!

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    • Thanks, Tina. I couldn’t do it if not for Cee. I don’t know how she does it. We modeled our PPAC after the way you all run the Lens Artists by taking turns. Having Cee involved gives it an instant shot in the arm, so it has taken off on the run, which is very exciting. Things will slow down after Becky’s TreeSquares run their course. I haven’t had as much time to visit all the participants of all the challenges like I like to do. 🙂


  2. oh this sounds a fabulous place, what fun. And loving all the trees – I wonder how many trees remained around the town in the 18th century. So many were cleared at the time

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    • I think most were cleared many years before that. They arrived in Jamestown in 1617, I think, and cleared and built hastily for a year trying to find a way to grow crops and survive in the new land. Most of the original settlers died. The next bunch moved inland to Williamsburg where there weren’t so many insects. That’s when they began to prosper from growing tobacco.

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  3. We enjoyed our visit to Colonial Williamsburg many years ago. The history is so well presented and the actors who play the various inhabitants really bring it to life. It must have been an honour to ‘be’ Clementina for a week, playing such a significant role in your history 🙂 I’m off to follow your link and read more about her!

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    • And I just read that earlier post about her but can’t comments as it’s too old, so I’ll do so here. I was sad to read that she only outlived her husband by a year and never saw the end of the Revolution.

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      • I know. She did so much for the cause. She was a fascinating person to research and play act the entire week. We had to let our characters color how we saw the week’s events unfolding and talk about it during dinner and lunch. It was education on steroids. 🙂

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  4. we enjoyed out visit to Colonial Williamsburg many years ago. Just think if you had been a farmer 250 yers ago; with your powers of persuasion you might have changed the course of history! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Amy. There wasn’t much information in the tour, though. I would make a horrible tour guide in real life. My mind goes blank. I’d have to memorize my schpeel.

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    • I wish you could have gone. That was like Ballarat on steroids for teachers. We went full speed ahead from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm learning all the time.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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