Colonial Williamsburg Visitor’s Center

Colonial Williamsburg Governor’s Palace Front

Colonial Williamsburg Governor’s Palace Front

Monday, June 10, 2013

Williamsburg – The Story of a Patriot, is a drama video of the story of Williamsburg as the revolution begins. It is one stop at the Visitor’s Center we found worth our time.

Early in the 20th century, the restoration and re-creation of Colonial Williamsburg, one of the largest such projects in the nation, was championed by William A. R. Goodwin and the patriarch of the Rockefeller family, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., along with his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, to celebrate the patriots and the early history of the United States. Twice rector of Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish Church, it was Goodwin who persuaded philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. to finance the return of Virginia’s second colonial capital to its eighteenth-century aspect.  A video shown was called “Rockefeller Family in Colonial Williamsburg” sharing the story of how this restoration came about.

We managed the Visitor’s Center and got as far as the entrance to the Governor’s Palace when a three hour rainstorm dropped down from the skies drenching all.  There were few places to get out of the storm and the buses returning to the Visitor’s Center were few and generally full.  We opted to walk the path back instead, an 8-minute walk.  Thankfully we were equipped with ponchos and umbrellas.  It’s times like this I’m glad I married an Eagle Scout who is always prepared. Thanks Deane!

After drying out at the hotel we returned to the art museum before supper.  The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is one of the museums within this complex of the Dewitt Wallace Museum.  Mrs. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s son dedicated it in memory of his mother and her collection of Folk Art along with portraits of John and Abby Rockefeller that hung in their home of Bassett Hall in Williamsburg, VA.

John Rockefeller was known an as honorary member of the state of Virginia, the only individual ever to receive such an honor.  As they say, “He may be a Yankee, but he’s our Yankee.

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