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1984 Williamsburg, Part 4

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The Coat of Arms for King George II at the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg. The oval inscription roughly translates to "To this be he who ill thinks of it". The bottom inscription roughly translates to "God and my right". By the way, it was his son King George III, who was defeated in the Revolutionary War by the upstart Americans.

The Governor's Palace has a wonderful garden in the style that one might find among the aristocracy in England. Of course, that makes sense since prior to the end of the war, the British aristocracy was the elite on both sides of the Atlantic.

Not too far away, I spotted some workers forming lumber out of trees that had been cut down for that purpose.

All this work had to be done by hand since there were no chainsaws and very few sawmills at the time. Any that might have been in use would be located on a creek or small river with water channeled to a water wheel that turned the saw blade at the proper speed. But not here.

These craftsmen could use simple tools like this block plane to smooth the surface of this timber which was probably to be used to build a door or wall or the side of a carriage.

This worker appears to forming iron pieces, probably for a wagon or carriage.

I loved the woodworker's woodshop because my dad taught me a bit about carpentry and woodworking since he began his working career as a carpenter (and later switched to electronics). Years later, I accumulated a bunch of power and hand woodworking tools for my shop in my garage. It was a lot of fun.

To one side was a small barn — and it smelled like barns I remember from my childhood visits to the farming community on the eastern shore of Maryland where my grandmother and our relatives lived. The rig to the left looks like it would carry heavy items pulled by oxen. The other rig is obviously reserved for the upper-class residents of Williamsburg.

Wow! And here are the oxen to pull that heavy rig. Good timing!

Another source of power was the wind. This windmill probably was used to mill grain for cooking and baking. I have seen preserved millstones — they are huge and heavy. But they did a great job milling the flour and other grains needed for cooking and baking.

Later in the afternoon, we ended up in front of the Governor's Palace. It was not as crowded as during our earlier visit.

I was impressed with the clock tower at the peak of the Palace. I guess if I were the governor, I would want one too.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com