GO BACK IN TIME
Another important activity gives tourists hands on experience when they hold in their hands the horrific metal restraints used on slaves on the Great Hopes Plantation. An inside look is given of the daily life of enslaved African Americans in colonial Virginia. A lesson is given about the work they performed and the integral role slavery played in Virginia's economy. It’s also discussed how the ruling class coerced and controlled the enslaved population, how slaves resisted, survived, and drew strength from the unique community they built.
During the 18th century, half of Williamsburg’s population was black. The lives of the enslaved and free people in this Virginia capital are presented in reenactments and programs throughout the Historic Area. One can dig deeper with into the everyday details of Williamsburg’s African American population with the “Introduction to Colonial African American Life” programs.
Adults cannot leave without having one of the most relaxing, yet invigorating massages at the Spa Boutique. I received the best massage I have ever gotten there. African healing traditions of the 19th century employed a mixture of herbs, roots, and fresh waters to enrich one’s life. However, you can be immersed in whatever forms of massage of your choosing.
A big fan of the supernatural, I took great pleasure in participating in the “Cry Witch” segment. We were the jury in a candlelit inquiry into the charges of witchcraft brought against Grace Sherwood in 1706. We could ask questions of the witnesses, weigh the evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of "the Virginia Witch."
Colonial Williamsburg six unique hotel properties located within and surrounding the Historic Area and just minutes from all the action. Whether you're traveling for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or discovery of America's founding, there is a hotel to suit everyone’s personality and budget. This year take time to go back.