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IN TUNE WITH THE TIMES OF COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

Whoever said "It's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there" was definitely NOT referring to Colonial Williamsburg, with its 88 restored houses, shops, taverns and public buildings, and several hundreds more structures pertinent to everyday life in the eighteenth century capital of Virginia. I know, because I am currently lodged here at the Market Square Tavern, where young Thomas Jefferson rented rooms while studying law, and Patrick Henry used to buy saddles from innkeeper Gabriel Maupon who kept a saddlery out back....

Whether you actually stay within the historic area as I am, or come for a day, you will find yourself completely immersed in times and conditions, politics and lifestyles of eighteenth century Virginia. Even with tourists and school groups everywhere, it is all very convincing....

Many homes are leased to private citizens who enjoy modern conveniences indoors, while leaving maintenance of colonial exteriors to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. No cars are allowed in the historic area by day. Instead, buses serve stops convenient to major sites. Coach and buggy rides are pleasant enough, but best of all is to meander on foot.