We have snow! It looks like there’s barely an inch right now (breakfast time), but it is still snowing.

Yesterday’s talks took us from the U.S. (“Abbot-Downing and the Concord Coach”) to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Japan (“Coaching Down Under: Freeman Cobb and His Legacy”) and back to Europe (“French Elegance Along the Baltic” and “The Princes of Thurn and Taxis”). The final talk focused on “Outward Show: The Turnout as a Means of Communication.”

Because of the then-impending storm, the stables opened up for symposium attendees yesterday afternoon (in addition to the scheduled time this afternoon). A few photos of our visit:

the back of one of Williamsburg’s traveling chariots, in the aisleway of the stables

three carriages (two “normal” sized and one very small) in the storage end of the stables

another one of Williamsburg’s coaches

new wheels

buckles on one of Williamsburg’s newer coaches; if I recall correctly, these were made here in the Historic Area at the Geddy Foundry

One quick announcement: the third CAA/CWF International Carriage Symposium will be held January 11 to 15, 2012. Mark your calendars!