As a blog wrap-up of the just-concluded symposium … a few photos of various interiors over the weekend.

First, since the wheelwrights were mixing paint during our “museum” time on Saturday afternoon, a few still-life images from inside their shop, all related to the paint project:

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Next, the parlor of Colonial Williamsburg’s newly reconstructed Charlton’s Coffee House. This lovely building is near the entrance to the Capitol, and many of Williamsburg’s leaders and politicians gathered here to drink coffee or chocolate, to play cards or dice, and to discuss politics, news, and the hated Stamp Act. I was the only one on my “tour” of the building on snowy Saturday afternoon, and my tour guide asked if I wanted the “decorative arts tour” or the “whole nine yards.” In retrospect, I suppose I should’ve asked what the whole nine yards entailed … but it was fun, although completely unexpected. We started in the parlor with a first-person history lesson, went through a back hallway, and ended up in the coffee-house portion of the building. I was offered a seat at one of the tables and a taste of either coffee or drinking chocolate (I chose the chocolate, of course, which was delicious). Also at my table were two very chatty eighteenth-century characters … one a politician and the other full of questions and funny stories. I highly recommend this interactive (and educational) building tour.

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And, finally, a few views of the trade fair at the symposium. If you weren’t able to join us this year, here’s a tiny bit of what you missed:

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one of the several trade-fair booths offering antiques, books, and beautiful old prints

one-of-a-kind handmade hats

for those who didn’t want to venture out into Saturday afternoon’s snowstorm, Beth Schaffer offered an impromptu talk on wickerwork