|Spooky Halloween House in Charlottesville|
Day 3 of the Trafalgar tour was a bit more leisurely than the beginning of my trip. We did start out early again. Leaving our bags out for 7 am pickup. We headed from Williamsburg to Richmond after breakfast. Our destination was St. John's Episcopal Church. This charming church reminded me of a Christmas village church. The church and surrounding buildings did remind me of a Christmas village.
St. John's Church is a National Historical Landmark. Originally built by Col. Richard Randolph, great-uncle of Thomas Jefferson It was completed in 1741. The church was altered in 1772. The original structure was integrated into the 1772 addition.
St. John's Church was an important gathering place for colonists who opposed the tyrannical rule of the British government. Solidarity with the colonists in Massachusetts after the Boston Tea Party, and the resulting British blockade of the port of Boston, led the Virginia colonial legislature to declare June 1, 1774 a day of "Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer". The legislature was dissolved by Lord Dunmore in reaction to that resolution, which was seen as a hostile act against King George III. George Washington stated he went to church that day and fasted.
After the dissolving of the representative legislature in Virginia the house of Burgesses continued to meet in Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg. They met there on August 1, 1774 in opposition to British rule and in solidarity with colonists in Massachusetts. This was the First Virginia Convention.
The Second Virginia Convention was held at St. John's Church in Richmond in March 1775. Our visit there included a reenactment of the famous speech given by Patrick Henry, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" (click link to see youtube performance). Thomas Jefferson and George Washington also attended the Second Virginia Convention, along with other notable colonial citizens. The Third Convention also met at St. John's Church. These conventions established an opposition government and raised military forces.
|This Weddell monument caught my eye because this surname had be|
associated with our early family
|Edgar Alan Poe's mother is buried at St. John's Cemetery|
After spending time exploring the Cemetery we made our way back to the coach. Next stop was Monticello. The sky was overcast when we got to Monticello. It didn't rain however. I had no idea Monticello was located on the top of a mountain. You can either take a tram to the site or walk. There were so many people lined up for the trams I decided to walk through the wooded path to the site.
|Mitchie's Tavern Built 1784|