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Virtual Trip Online - DAY 1 - Williamsburg, VA

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I want to thank my Spark friend, IS1GAR, for the inspiration to start this adventure! She is doing it and once in a while will share about her trip so I decided to do the same thing and I am using the following website to accomplish this: emoticon

Today is my first day and the trip starts in Williamsburg, VA, USA. Here is the start photo:

Here is the city's official website:

Williamsburg was founded as the capital of the Virginia Colony in 1699. The original capital, Jamestown, was the first permanent English-speaking settlement in the New World founded in 1607. Colonial leaders petitioned the Virginia Assembly to relocate the capital from Jamestown to Middle Plantation, five miles inland between the James and the York Rivers. The new city was renamed Williamsburg in honor of England's reigning monarch, King William III. Williamsburg celebrated its 300 th Anniversary in 1999.

Williamsburg was one of America's first planned cities. Laid out in 1699 under the supervision of Governor Francis Nicholson, it was to be a "new and well-ordered city" suitable for the capital of the largest and most populous of the British colonies in America. A succession of beautiful capitol buildings became home to the oldest legislative assembly in the New World. The young city grew quickly into the center of political, religious, economic and social life in Virginia.

Williamsburg also became a center of learning. Famous political leaders emerged from the College of William and Mary, (which had been founded in 1693), such as Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler. The first hospital established in America for the care and treatment of mental illness was founded in Williamsburg in 1773. General George Washington assembled the Continental Army in Williamsburg in 1781 for the siege of nearby Yorktown and the winning of American independence.

The Capital was again moved in 1780, this time up the James River to Richmond, where it remains today. Williamsburg reverted to a quiet college town and rural county seat. In retrospect, Williamsburg's loss of capital city status was its salvation as many 18th century buildings survived into the early twentieth century. The Restoration of Williamsburg began in 1926, after the Rector of Bruton Parish Church, the Reverend Doctor W. A. R. Goodwin, brought the city's importance to the attention of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who then funded and led the massive reconstruction of the 18th century city we see today. National attention soon focused on the restoration effort. During a landmark visit in 1934, Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed it's main thoroughfare, the Duke of Gloucester Street, "the most historic avenue in America."

Today, Williamsburg is known internationally as the premier center for the preservation and interpretation of American colonial history: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; and as the home of the nation's premier small public university: The College of William and Mary.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FINCHFEEDER80 1/13/2014 3:31PM

    This is where the hubs and I went for our honeymoon! And we went back last year to celebrate our first anniversary. emoticon

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SARAHG2014 12/26/2013 5:16PM

    Oh this is awesome. Must do this. Thanks for the idea!

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-COURT- 10/26/2013 2:25PM

    So cool!! Love the info and pix. I'll have to check out that site. Thanks.

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DALMOM2007 10/22/2013 8:27PM

    This looks like such a great idea! Looking forward to seeing where your journey takes you.

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MLDRLD 10/19/2013 12:40PM

    Beautiful photos, Chelsea! The virtual trip is a good idea. Years ago we visited Williamsburg and spent time at the historical area. Really fun and interesting.

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LISALGB 10/19/2013 10:52AM

    I have always wanted to take a virtual trip. Thanks for sharing the link. I love Williamsburg. Your pictures are beautiful.

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WINE4GIRL 10/19/2013 8:38AM

    I live two towns over and we frequently take guests there. It's a beautiful walking city so I hope you got lots of virtual exercise on the tour! We've been on the three ships that usually remain in harbor - some day come and visit for real and we'll take you there!

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/18/2013 9:02PM

    One place I have never been, and would love to travel to. I love the old ships. emoticon

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KENWANNE2013 10/17/2013 7:30AM

    What a great idea! Looking forward to sharing your journey.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/16/2013 11:05AM

    Love your virtual Trip! Its more than I saw driving thru and going thru Williamsburg! Live your new pictures too on your blog page! Hugs, susana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 10/16/2013 7:57AM

    Thanks for taking me on your first virtual vacation day. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a great idea and I can picture my girls (who are in Alabama and Nova Scotia) and I (in Detroit) going on a few of these.

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OPALMOON 10/16/2013 2:14AM

    Very interesting, Chelsea - thanks for sharing!


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LOSTLIME 10/15/2013 7:36PM

    Thank you for sharing! It is a beautiful place to visit. Great history.

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GERIKRAGH 10/15/2013 12:57PM

    I love history. My nephew and his family live near there.

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LINDA! 10/15/2013 12:23PM

    I have never been there. Thank you for sharing. Great pictures and info. emoticon

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 10/14/2013 6:41PM

    Thanks, that's great! Did you know that was my first trip ever? emoticon

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SOFTLYOPTIMIST 10/14/2013 4:33PM

    This post has given me a great idea. I planned to work and live abroad, but developed M.E. and have been told I won't ever achieve the dream, so decided to travel around the world in my armchair. Trouble is, I have done little towards it, but your post has made me realise - I could (privately probably) blog about my fiction journey. This way, I will have an incentive to research countries, one country at a time. So, thank you!

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TREV1964 10/12/2013 9:51PM

    Very informative - I learnt a lot from this blog.

Well done



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TML-2012 10/12/2013 9:37PM

    I love this :) I started a virtual walk across the UK in my spark blog once but did not get very far when Mom got sick in RL and had to focus on taking care of her instead.

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MUSCLE-UP 10/12/2013 2:11PM

    What a beautiful place for a walk. emoticon

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AUTUMNHOPE 10/12/2013 12:43PM

    LOVED that you shared this with us !!!

The cottages & ships , HOW EXCITING ! emoticon emoticon

SO glad you are enjoying life, even with the struggles emoticon

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THIMBLER 10/12/2013 6:47AM

    I love your new walking plan. The website looks cool and I just had to join! I can't wait to see where your journey takes you next.

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KRISTA987 10/10/2013 10:25PM

    What a great idea! emoticon
Can't wait to see where you end up next!

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MICKEYH 10/10/2013 10:07PM

    What a great way to start your day! Way to go Chelsea!!
Good luck and keep on keeping on!!
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LIVINGFREE19 10/10/2013 9:24PM

    That is awesome, Chelsea! Have fun!

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MAW_OH 10/10/2013 9:22PM

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KERRYG155 10/10/2013 8:15PM

    Good luck and good health on your journey. I have done a virtual walk before which one of my trainers designed using all the cardio equipment in the gym including the swimming pool. It was fun.

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PEANUTSDOG17 10/10/2013 7:01PM

  Good Luck on your walk! The pictures are beautiful.

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MOM2ACAT 10/10/2013 6:15PM

    Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip, especially since I love history!

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SWEETPEACHY 10/10/2013 5:48PM

    I joined because of you, this is neat. I don't know how to choose a patner though. I click on the tab and nothing happens.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/10/2013 5:33PM

    Awesome! Love the history and pictures. Thanks for sharing your journey! HUGS and good luck.

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-SEVEN- 10/10/2013 5:16PM

    I love this, Chelsea! I am going to approach Dep HM about this for Hogwarts. Thank you for the inspiration, and good luck to you!
~Madam Seven♡

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IS1GAR 10/10/2013 4:38PM

    I'm so happy you started your journey, beautiful pictures and very historical place. Have as much fun in your trip as I'm having on mine.
maybe we can go some place after we finish these trips.
Have fun! Issy

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SLACHETKA103145 10/10/2013 4:10PM

    I love Williamsburg although it has been many years since I have been there! Old Salem here in Winston Salem is a restoration project too! My Grandfather was over the Carpenters who restored the many buildings and I do hope that you will stop by sometime. I grew up in the Moravian Church including Baptism and I am prejudiced! My Mother was still a member of the same Moravian Church she grew up in 97 years later!

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Even though this is a virtual walk through Williamsburg.....I still want you to see my heritage! (LOL)

Jean emoticon emoticon emoticon HAVE AN emoticon journey. I will share it with you and maybe next time I can go with you!

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KADULAC 10/10/2013 4:03PM

    That looks like a great place to start a walk. Beautiful pictures. Good luck.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/10/2013 4:01PM

    Very informative, and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.


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1BEACHWALKER 10/10/2013 2:37PM

    We did this on a team once and did a virtual trip through a trip to Australia and across the US first. They provided the pics and routes. That is the one time I had a blast on a team!
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/10/2013 2:27PM

    Good luck on your walk. I forget how far I got when I tried this... then I lost the link for the other site and got involved with BLC... excuses, excuses! Have fun.

I've actually been to Williamsburg, VA before. Lot's of fun as I remember it.

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