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Colonial Williamsburg — Signs, Bassett Hall, and Entertainment

I’ll wrap up with a few miscellaneous subjects.

Signs were as important in Colonial Williamsburg as they are today. A unique and memorable sign was important to business, and many places hung their signs at the edge of the street to attract maximum notice. Two examples here are from Josiah Chowning’s Tavern, and the Red Lion.

Josiah Chowning Tavern

Josiah Chowning Tavern

Red Lion

Red Lion

Bassett Hall is named for Martha Washington’s nephew Burwell Bassett, dates from 1753 and was the residence of J.D. Rockefeller Jr. in the mid-1930s. This next photo is from the garden adjacent the house.

Garden at Bassett Hall

Garden at Bassett Hall

Of course, not everything is historic or instructive. The Merchants Square area is located west of the restored portion of Williamsburg and offers many shops and restaurants, in case you get tired of Colonial Times. In the evenings a trailer becomes a stage for a quick version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Most evenings after 9pm you can join in realistic tavern entertainment at Josiah Chowning’s, where singers, dancing and dice games are offered to compliment the drinks and food that are offered.

Actor performs Dicken's A Christmas Carol in 15 minutes

Actor performs Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in 15 minutes

Actor performs Dicken's A Christmas Carol in 15 minutes

Actor performs Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in 15 minutes

There are of course more photos and stories, but it is time to move on to Jamestown VA, which will be the subject of the next post.

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