The third day in Williamsburg we actually spent in Yorktown, on account of the tall ship l'Hermione having put in there the night before, and it being an event not to be missed.
I'm bad. I didn't know what the Hermione was when Maggie and Sammy suggested we go see it. I had to look it up...and once I did, I got very VERY excited.
The Hermione is a reconstruction of the French frigate that delivered General Lafayette to the freshly penned United States in 1780. The original ship was wrecked in 1793, but the reconstruction began in 1997 and set sail this year from Rochefort, France, across the Atlantic to Yorktown, its first port of call. She continues up the East Coast through Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, to name just a few stops. You can read all about the project and journey here.
|The ship was full of dashing French sailors.|
|Left to right - Maggie, Lauren M, Sammy, me, Angela, and Nicole|
|Boarding the ship was difficult to say the least, but not as terrifying as disembarking - steep, slipper steps!|
The ladies turned out in force. In our cavalcade that afternoon was The Couture Courtesan, Diary of a Mantua Maker, The Lady of Portland House, Undressing the Historical Lady, Burnley & Trowbridge, and yours truly. We were primped and poofed and it was fabulous!
|Maggie looking incredible in a chintz gown and black market hat|
|Sammy and Lauren M turned out in military-inspired dress, very appropriate|
|Nicole and Maggie looked splendid|
|Besties at the boat! Maggie and I in matching black bonnets|
|I am so happy with this dress!|
|In wearing this type of gown I discovered that you really need a fluffer - as soon as you sit down you crush the puffy effect of the the skirts. Ladies must have been fluffing themselves all day long in the 1770s!|
Needless to say, it was a fabulous, very special day. :-)