It has been a while since we'd actually visited the city as guests. The past couple times we've been by (including last Friday) we just walked around the historic district, but didn't have tickets so we couldn't go inside any buildings save for the stores.
It was also nice to visit during a time that wasn't too busy. Yes we're in spring break season, but the crowds were never crazy as we were walking around and some places were even almost empty for a time so it was easier to ask questions of the interpreters.
Colonial Parkway from the timeshare unit where we're staying for the week. We're in the area due to a wedding in Virginia Beach that we went to on Saturday.
The Colonial Parkway is a twenty-three mile scenic roadway stretching from the York River at Yorktown to the James River at Jamestown. It connects Virginia's historic triangle: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Several million travelers a year use this route to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Virginia.--From Colonial National Historical Park website
The visitor center.
While waiting in line we got to listen to some music.
Watch this video if you just to see the gun go off.
Watch this video if you want to see the entire presentation surrounding the firing of the noon gun. Pardon some wobbling as I was holding my camera, my iPhone, and had a toddler in my lap--it wasn't easy to keep everything steady.
As we were about to leave the area some sheep got close and then ran off.
Retro's Good Eats nearby (just at the edge of Merchant's Square). It is a small diner that looks like it came out of the 50s, except for their square cash registers. Amy and I had hamburgers and the girls had hot dogs and we all had fries. It was a good place to relax and enjoy lunch.
Here you can see some of his process.
The brick maker on duty explained the whole process of using the clay in molds, drying bricks, and then burning them at the end of the season.
PS Here is a link to all of the photos that I uploaded.