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Colonial Williamsburg and the Founding Fathers

Colonial Williamsburg is a perfectly preserved example of early colonial American life. Williamsburg in Virginia was originally called Middle Plantation until its name was changed in the late 1600s. Colonial Williamsburg was one of the seats of foreign government in the colonies. The Governor’s Palace was there and many other important government buildings including the armory. It also served as the capital of Virginia until right before the end of the War for Independence.

The Founding Fathers, many of whom lived in Virginia, use to frequent Williamsburg. The legendary Virginian hospitality could be found in the several taverns that still exist like the King’s Arms and Christina Campbell’s. The Founding Fathers used taverns as convenient places to gather and plan the government of a new country.

Several of the Founding Fathers, namely George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were foodies as we would call them today 🙂 Thomas Jefferson experimented with all kinds of plants and foods at his home in Monticello. He also introduced pasta to America. George Washington was one of the first to have an ice cream maker.

Colonial Williamsburg does an excellent job of recreating historic Colonial foods. You can see some of their recreated recipes here. For a taste of Colonial America, here is a fascinating video for 18th century fried chicken. It is easily something that would have been served in the smoky taverns!

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