6.10.09

Colonial Williamsburg

My favorite city in Virginia has announced this...

Richard Charlton's Coffeehouse

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is reconstructing Richard Charlton’s 18th-century coffeehouse—which, when completed, will be the only authentic 18th-century coffeehouse in the United States. The newest building on Duke of Gloucester Street stands just across from the Capitol.

On the same site more than 240 years ago, a Williamsburg wigmaker named Richard Charlton operated a popular coffeehouse, just a few steps from the colonial Capitol. Over cups of coffee, chocolate, and tea, Williamsburg’s gentlemen and politicians gathered to make deals, discuss business, learn the news from England, and exchange the latest gossip.

One of the most dramatic encounters of the period leading up to the American Revolution took place on the coffeehouse porch in 1765, when an angry crowd protesting against the Stamp Act confronted the appointed collector for Virginia, George Mercer. The royal governor, Francis Fauquier, intervened and saved Mercer from the crowd. Mercer later resigned his position, and the Stamp Act was repealed by the British Parliament the following year.

From the building itself created with period techniques and incorporating the original foundations to the opportunity to meet Mr. or Mrs. Charlton and enjoy a coffee, chocolate, or tea in an 18th-century setting, everything about the new coffeehouse reflects the very best of what Colonial Williamsburg has to offer.

View video of the Coffeehouse Reconstruction

I have watched this building grow from the original archelogical dig to it's present form over two years. I'm ready to go...

Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting
Friday, November 20, 4:00 p.m.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Colonial Willimasburg
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Colonial Williamsburg has a bit too much enthusiasm for their anti Catholic historical skits they put on for my taste. With the current collapse of Protestantism they have to know the true Faith has triumphed.

Brantigny said...

Truly but that is how the English felt. It is historical, we cannot rewrite history to make our selves feel better. It is more telling to see what effect they have now.

Anonymous said...

Still in all, too much enthusiasm. They should have more respect. Like they do at the slaves quarters at Washington's House. They don't put on skits saying "here's Washington mistreated slaves by putting them in these small dark buildings". Gimme a break, methinks they just might enjoy it a bit too much.