Chesapeake Semester students spent their first day in Williamsburg gaining a perspective on the colonial history of the nation’s first Capitol. After exploring the streets before lunch, they visit Williamsburg’s Archeology Lab, developing critical insight into the 70% of archeology beyond the excavation process. The day was capped off with a dinner at Shield’s Tavern and a stroll through town.
Students spent the first half of the day exploring the many museums, taverns, and interactive exhibits of Colonial Williamsburg.
In the afternoon the next day they met on the green of the Governors’ Mansion with Dr. Seidel to report out on their experiential assignments. Students were asked to use the information available at Colonial Williamsburg—reenactors, museums, interactive exhibits—to explore themes that varied from weather patterns and foodways to slavery and politics.