We’re back from our Williamsburg-Monticello-Montepelier trip, and I’ve got swag to share with you. I mean…how can anyone historically-inclined go to these places *without* loading up on some of the awesome, exclusive things they have to buy there? My one-true-love of all is this:
This is the Chowning Tavern teapot made just for Colonial Williamsburg. There were others to choose from – one with a squirrel, one with The Kings Arms, erm, arms – but after seeing similar be-peacock-ed china in the DeWitt Museum, I decided on this one.
With a Williamsburg teapot, it was only natural to snag some Williamsburg tea, too. There were many flavors, but my heart belongs to Earl Grey, and I can tell you, it’s excellent:
Also, some fabric (but of course!). I know everybody buys this fabric when they go to CW, but I can see why. It’s delightful, and a direct reproduction from a gown held in Williamsburg’s collection. I got about two yards, to make into a jacket:
These wall plaques were just for fun. I wish they’d had the British flag that was in use in 1776, but the modern one here does just fine. My household is a pairing (and maybe soon a marriage) of America and Great Britain, and I thought we could hang these together, although Chris and I are not in agreement about which flag should be displayed on top. I guess they shall go side-by-side then, hehe:
Souvenirs were to be had at Monticello and Montpelier as well. These are them, a couple Christmas ornaments, several pineapple items (yay Regency pineapples!), and a ceramic plate with a fox on it, which has nothing at all to do with Montpelier, where I bought it, but I loved it too much:
I can’t seem to find where (or if) you can buy any of the Colonial Williamsburg stuff online. If you know the link, please post in the comments!
AnonymousOctober 13, 2012 at 1:09 AM
Here's the link: http://www.williamsburgmarketplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/HomeView?storeId=10001&catalogId=12122&langId=-1
Unfortunately you can't buy everything online that you can buy in downtown CW, but some things you can, so it's a good website to have! 🙂
Lauren StowellOctober 13, 2012 at 1:13 AM
Ah ha! Thank you!!
melissamaryOctober 13, 2012 at 1:29 AM
I love the pineapples! Great finds!
E. WatermanOctober 13, 2012 at 2:17 AM
I LOVE THE FOX.
Lauren StowellOctober 13, 2012 at 5:19 AM
I knew you would, lol. It shall remind me of you and Dolley Madison <3
ChelseaOctober 13, 2012 at 4:31 AM
Did you ever wear your red gown while you were there? I kept looking for pictures of it…
Lauren StowellOctober 13, 2012 at 5:19 AM
Alas I did not. It was raining and quite cold for the second and third day we were in CW. I only wore the Indienne for a very short time, and the red not all. Major bummer. I will have to find an excuse to wear it again soon.
MelissaOctober 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM
i so wish we had a place like CW in England, it'll be the first place i visit when i go to america one day. (just to let you know, we became great Britain at the beginning of the 18th century, during Queen Anne, so that is the right flag).
Lauren StowellOctober 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM
I think you will love it. It is a very different flavor from Georgian places in England, for sure. The flag that was displayed outside all the shops was without the red cross of St Patrick (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Union_flag_1606_%28Kings_Colors%29.svg/800px-Union_flag_1606_%28Kings_Colors%29.svg.png), in use 1606-1801, but they didn't have one like it as a little plaque in the shop, to go with my colonial American flag, oh well. I thought maybe I could paint out the St. Patrick cross, haha, but I don't think it'd come out very well. 🙂
SandiOctober 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Wait what was that about a marriage? (sorry, channeling my mom there for a minute)
Lauren StowellOctober 14, 2012 at 8:49 PM
Jessica HolyDecember 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I can't believe I missed you! I live in Virginia, though not anywhere near Monticello, Montpelier, or Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is a favorite of mine though! And if you ever wish to visit Mount Vernon, do let me know! I live not too far from it and I work there as a docent.