After an early morning drive-by of multiple Maryland monuments and historical sites, we focused our attention on Virginia. Whoever said doing Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg in one day was impossible never drove a Porsche Cayenne. George Washington’s estate opens at 8 am, Colonial Williamsburg closes at 5 pm, and they are separated by a two-hour drive (three hours for most folks). That gives us 150 minutes to enjoy a morning stroll through Mount Vernon. We’ve heard great things about the orientation video and museum/education center. Of course we’ll pay our respects at Washington’s Tomb.
We’ll be back in the car at 10:30 am for the trip to Williamsburg. Our goal is to be parked and walking the Revolutionary city by 12:30 pm. With limited time, we’ll concentrate on soaking in the trades — blacksmith, apothecary, bindery, printer, shoemaker, silversmith, tailor, weaver and wigmaker. Our afternoon won’t be complete without a taste of the 18th century, so we’ll also plan on a tavern meal. Following dinner, we’re driving to south to get a head start on the Carolinas. Hotel TBD.
Video embed: Colonial Williamsburg Orientation Video