Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation

16920 Southall Plantation Lane, Charles City, Virginia, 23030, United States

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  • This is real history with lots of hospitality


    Our visit began with the innkeeper serving delicious hot toddies - What a welcome. We visited with my teenage daughter. We stayed in a two-room suite, so we had a large room with our bed and a small room with a single bed. In between there was a small kitchenette area off which the bath was located. Our room was spacious and had high ceilings, nicely furnshed with period pieces. The innkeeper was a wealth of information about touring Williamsburg and Jamestown, and the nearby plantations. The best part of our stay was returning in the evening to find our bed turned down and a beautiful fire lighting the room.

    Unique Quality: The inn is located in the Williamsburg plantation area. The inn includes a collection of historic buildings that the innkeeper's family has restored over the years. tThere is also a collection of animals - ponies, ducks and geese. We'll need to come back in the summer to try out the forest-side pool.

    Directions: Williamsburg plantation area

  • Wonderful Historic B&B in Williamsburg VA


    Last weekend we needed to just get away and we found this wonderful B&B inn located in Williamsburg's plantation area. Piney Grove is a historic landmark and is a collection of historic homes taht is really like a little village. Guest rooms are in one of the houses. Breakfast is served in another of the houses where the owners live. We also did the special tour of the property which was given by the owner's son. We stayed two nights and found a great selection of local dining - Charles City Tavern and the Courthouse Grille.

    Unique Quality: Peace and quiet abounds at this country retreat. We loved the rocking chairs on the front porch, especially watching the sunset. At dusk deer came up on the lawn. The rooms were furnished with antiques and included much historic information about Piney Grove and the Williamsburg plantation area. The hosts were very helpful in directing us to the many sites in the area.

    Directions: Willliamsburg Plantation Area

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Travel Tips for Williamsburg

The Secretary's Office

by bugalugs

Situated adjacent to the Capitol Building is the Secretary's office, which was constructed with a lot of forethought because of the fires that had destroyed the Capitol Building. It was here that all important documents were stored. However these were all transferred to Richmond when it became the capital.

Next door is another building where you can purchase tickets to tour Colonial Williamsburg.

Stone container

by matcrazy1

I found this unique container, on my picture, in the kitchen of the Governor's Palace. It is made of almost white and hard stone and was used either for storing some hot meals or for mixing/grating some meal's ingredients.

Most cookware displayed in the kitchen is made either from copper (a reddish-coloured metal) or from brass ((alloy of copper and zinc). Some cookware is made of iron or pewter (gray alloy of mainly copper, antimony and bismuth or lead) as well. Nowadays it's proved that this cookware (except the iron one) can cause severe disease (more in my Warning Or Dangers tips).

Weather, walking shoes... SMILE!

by matcrazy1

For walking around the Colonial Williamsburg, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both better water-proof. Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (one example: Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost).
Sun-glasses esp. in summer and always a rain coat/jacket, eventually less comfortable umbrella.

Read info on climate in Richmond (some 50 miles west of Willimsburg):
Climate of Richmond

Check weather (10-day forecast) for Williamsburg:
Weather forecast for Williamsburg. Take as much film as you can or as large a memory card as you can. The Colonial Williamsburg offer a lot for photography lovers :-).

For pictures at bad light (weather) and especially pictures of interiors take a tripod. Before you go find and read basic historical informarion on Williamsburg in your travel book or in the net. Well, before my next trip to the USA I am going to buy the book "Historia USA. Narody i cywilizacje.", Polish translation of The Limits of Liberty: American History, 1607-1992 (Short Oxford History of the Modern World) by Maldwyn Allen Jones.

Do not forget to take BIG SMILE :-) Enjoy!

Get lost in a maze

by matcrazy1

There is a maze behind the Governor's Palace and a little to the left. Follow this off the beaten path on my picture and turn right to get lost in a maze. It is the only chance to get lost in Colonial Williamsburg. Nat says he got lost here for a long time during a school field trip a long time ago and, seeing him try to get through it firsthand, I believe him. The design of the Wiliamsburg's maze is copied from Hampton Court's maze, a favorite of the English nobility.

Complicated group of paths and passages made with tall thick bushes at the sides of the paths where kids tried to find their way for amusement complitely exhausted the kids lost in the maze. Hmm... I think that it's attraction for kids not for adults.

Silversmith and jewelry

by matcrazy1 about James Craig Jeweller

The building, on my picture, houses James Craig's shop. James Craig was a son of a surgeon and talented jeweller who run a shop in this buiding at least since 1772. The house is called the Golden Ball after the gold ball hang above the entrance.

Currently, the store offers silver and gold jewelry and other crafted items (brass and pewter hollowware pieces) inspired by the 18th century. And it serves as an exhibit site, where skilled artisans (silversmiths) make silver jewelry using the tools and methods of 18th century. Decorative piercing and engraving as well as watch making is also available. I am not an expert on jewelry but I would pay attention to some silver items, especially thick and simple in design bracelets (favourite of my wife :-). Although they are much less expensive in my country, Poland. I think, it's an expensive store.


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