Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, VA., can now immerse themselves in Colonial life as farmers, seamstresses, gardeners, cooks and interior designers.
The Williamsburg Institute, a new project of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, offers courses year round that vary in length from a few hours to to a few days. Visitors can cook 18th Century foods in the Governor's Palace kitchen, sew 18th Century clothing or try their hands at such trades as coopering, basket and carpentry.
In Draft Animal Plowing participants plow a field after learning about soil tillage. Garden design, flower arrangement and early American furniture are other themes.
The programs are designed primarily for adults 18 and older, although one, Young People at Work and Play, offers tours and hands-on activities for children 5 to 13.
Programs vary throughout the year. Participants must stay in a Colonial Williamsburg hotel. Packages start at $125 per person, double occupancy a night through March, excluding meals. They include program fees and a one-year pass to museums and exhibits buildings. Reduced rates are offered for children 12 and younger. For more information, call: 800-603-0948.
c/o Jan Lord
6148 Knollwood Road, #207
Willowbrook, IL 60514