Stop by the lobby of the Williamsburg Lodge in December to see this year’s version of the gingerbread village.
It only took a couple of hours to assemble on Nov. 29, but 13 workers under the direction of Pastry chef Rodney Diehl have been working since August to prepare a gingerbread model of the Palace Green. The replica spans 8 x 10 feet.
“We went to our architectural people and pulled the drawings for the different buildings,” says Diehl, ensuring that the structures all have the right numbers of doors, windows and fireplaces.
Diehl has been working on the gingerbread village since for 35 years, and the Colonial Williamsburg tradition preceded his arrival.
The village will stay up through the Christmas season at the Lodge. Smaller gingerbread displays will be mounted at the Williamsburg Inn and the Woodlands Hotel.
There’s no charge for viewing—just don’t try to snitch the roof off the Wythe house.