Historian visiting Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is one of the most beautiful places I know. It is certainly my favorite place to work. This little town isn’t just charming, it was a key player in the birth of America. We welcome visitors form all over. Historians are my favorite, above all, because they are always so excited to be here. Most recently, Stephanie Townrow.
Stephanie is an Early American Historian. (Yes, capitalized.) Her specific areas of interest are inclusive education and the influence of alcohol on the formation of our nation. She is wicked smart and has a pleasant demeanor, I enjoyed walking around Colonial Williamsburg and listening to her insight on things!
Our session began at 7:00 am. Stephanie marveled at the number of taverns and the beauty of the buildings and landscape… calling it her Disneyland! At that time of day you only see squirrels, the occasional runner, and the CW maintenance crew. It is always surreal to see vehicles on the pedestrian Duke of Gloucester Street. (in other words, it can kill some of the magic for the purists.)
Taverns, flowers, and headshots, oh my!
The day’s goal was to get Stephanie some updated images and headshots to use on her website, social media. If homegirl writes a book and uses one of my images of her for the bio picture, I think that would totally count as being published photographer, and I would be thrilled!
I loved watching her in her element. I could see and feel her relishing in the all of the history surrounding her. She was… like a kid at Disney. And to me, that was magical.
We first stopped at the Governors Palace. I know that the light is best there very early and very late in the day. We strolled down Duke of Gloucester Street. Stephanie is studying the beer and bourbon of colonial times, so we made sure to stop at each tavern. We moved on to the gardens next (luckily the tulips were still in good shape!) and finished at The Wren Building.
I am so glad you got to visit our historic little town, Stephanie! Great educators are the key to making history fun and exciting- keep using your knowledge to inspire the kids you get to work with!