During the 1700s, in Colonial America, every hour was happy hour. And it didn’t matter your age, gender or status. Most people drank beer, ale, and cider all day long—with breakfast, lunch and dinner….
I don’t know about you, but if it’s good enough for the queen, it’s good enough for me! When Queen Elizabeth II visited the Revolutionary City in 2007, she certainly got the royal treatment, especially from the likes of Captain & Ranger. The dynamic duo, brothers each weighing in at 1,700 pounds, are considered VIPs at the stables….
In the Revolutionary City, we try to “keep it real.” No, seriously. There are almost 100 masters, apprentices, and interpreters who make up the Historic Trades Programs. And don’t let their fancy names fool you. A milliner, tailor, wigmaker, and shoemaker—they’re just your modern fashion designers. The apothecary— conveniently, that’s your doctor and your pharmacist. And the blacksmith? He (or she) is your one-stop-shop for hardware, home goods, and who you’d call if you ever got locked out of your house….
Earlier this week, we shared late summer favorites you can still enjoy through October. Use the fresh ingredients to create these recipes brought to you by Colonial Williamsburg chefs Anthony Frank and Rodney Diehl….
Most of us would agree a meal in our house usually starts with a recipe. But in the 1700s, it started with the ingredients. Colonists didn’t have the luxury of filling a shopping cart with imported produce and instead depended on what was actually growing in their gardens. So, in taking a page out of their 18th-century cookbook, we took a stroll down Duke of Gloucester Street to get an idea of which fruits, vegetables, and herbs are still in season as we transition from summer to fall….