As lovely as Colonial Williamsburg is to the eye, it's also pleasing to the other senses, too. We can't give you a taste of 18th c. style hot chocolate via the blog (though we wish we could!) or make the scent of an open fire come wafting through your computer screen. We can, however, share the stirring sounds of the fife and drum corps as they march down Duke of Gloucester Street –– here's the link to a number of their performances in videos, slide-shows, and audio clips. The corps consists of school-aged boys and girls (and yes, we realize it's not entirely accurate to include girls, even girls dressed as boys, but as Nerdy History GIRLS we can't help but applaud the equal opportunity) from the town of Williamsburg; competition for the corps is fierce, as is the rigorous training and practice, but the resulting performances help bring Colonial Williamsburg to stirring life, whatever the season. It's impossible to hear them without falling into step, and as they march through the town they always draw a huge crowd following after them in an impromptu parade. A very cool experience!
1610 "Newes from Virginia" by Richard Rich
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