Mount Vernon & Colonial Williamsburg

Saturday

After 23 episodes of the KnitPicks podcasts on Friday night and Saturday morning, I reached Mount Vernon this morning. The weather is grayish and blustery, but the rain is holding off.

Mount Vernon Peace Dove Weathervane
Mount Vernon Peace Dove Weathervane

Martha Washington
Martha Washington

The sign of the day was spotted in the Mount Vernon Museum. Please don’t photograph George Washington’s teeth.

I also stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to pay my respects.
Grave Marker

Sunday

Blue Canteen
Blue Canteen hanging in Revolutionary encampment

Notice Board
Williamsburg Notice Board

Tailor
Tailor working in the window of his shop.
Pocket Detail 1 Pocket Detail 2
Man’s Weskit – Pocket Details

Court Room at the Capitol
Court Room at the Capitol

Plan B

Abstract

At a time of increased public library use, this project looks at patron use of one suburban library’s public computer network and how that use measures against general use of the library. Two years of information about the M G P—– M—— Library in D—–, Massachusetts were examined including circulation statistics, attendance numbers, staffing levels, computer classes offered, network usage, and the library budget. A staff tally of general categories of computer questions asked and issues raised was kept for two weeks to provide a snapshot of current patron use including job searches, access to government resources, and first time use. This data is then examined in the context for two largescale Internet studies about the public’s use of the Internet and library computer resources.

Food at Williamsburg

Today was a walking day. I started at the Governor’s Palace as soon as it opened and spent the majority of my time in the kitchen talking to the cooks. Go figure…

Here’s the dessert course – candied ginger, syllabub, and pistachio cream. Ice cream was also very popular among the gentry, but not necessarily as a sweet. Oyster ice cream, anyone?

Then there are a marvelous outdoor demonstration of how to make chocolate from the cocoa beans.


Here are the roasted, chopped beans.


The beans are then ground repeatedly on a heated metal slab.


Finally the ground beans are reduced to a lovely paste.

Here’s another sign of spring.

Today was unseasonably cool and overcast, the temperature was in the mid 60s for much of the day (snicker). It was wonderful walking weather, though my feet are definitely sore tonight. I think tomorrow will be a driving day with a walking break mid-day, I may try to get to Monticello early in the day.

Other events today – a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Williamsburg Capitol, a long chat with the apothecary, and dinner at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern.