Autumn in Williamsburg: Georgian Palaces Along the James River
Williamsburg in autumn is a delight for the senses. Examine life "to the manor born" of magnificent Tidewater plantations that flourished along the James River. These 17th- and 18th-century manor houses stood as symbols of the power and prosperity of great planters thanks to their land, tobacco, and slaves. Lectures explore this world through the people -- free and enslaved -- who lived and worked the land. Learn about colonial politics, religion, the role of women, and life that mirrored aristocratic, English society. Enjoy field trips to two historic Virginia plantations; into Colonial Williamsburg, where our American past is lovingly preserved and restored; a meal at a Colonial Williamsburg tavern; and free time to explore on your own.
Walking up to two miles per day, standing, uneven terrain, and climbing stairs. Some historic sites only accessible by stairs.