Wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg

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On Sunday, I spent the day in Colonial Williamsburg during their “Grand Illumination” kick off for the Christmas season.

I am going to have to break up the posts to several to cover all that I saw!

Here you will see the beautiful wreaths and door decorations!

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83 thoughts on “Wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg

  1. terry1954 says:

    some of them look so fallish instead of the Christmas colors. Why is this? Is it because that is what was around to decorate with back then? I sort of think it is, but just asking

  2. njbrown says:

    I was in Williamsburg at Christmas many years ago, and loved the fruit and greenery decorations. Thank you so much for refreshing my memories of that visit.

  3. John says:

    Wife and I were right there about a month ago! Nice area. 🙂

  4. I like the apple and pineapple one!

  5. vanbraman says:

    Quite a variety of wreaths. I am sure that you have some great ideas for wreaths for next Christmas at Belle Grove.

  6. becca givens says:

    Years ago, a good friend and I spent a week in Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas season — nary, a Christmas passes I do not reflect on it. Your photographic tour rekindled the wonderful memory … I particularly like the last photo … it is different take on the wreaths and decorations I remember. Delightful post. Thank you!! 😀

  7. When I lived in Richmond, Williamsburg was one of my favorite haunts at Christmas. Then, when I came out here, I made colonial wreaths with fruit every year for the front door for a long time. And I made the fruit cone centerpieces for the Christmas table, too.

  8. Thanks for the great pictures. I love Williamsburg!

  9. Jayne says:

    So beautiful, love all the fruit!

  10. Dianna says:

    They are amazing – beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Mrs. P says:

    Wow, so artistic and individualized. Is this a traditional activity that people did to decorate for the season? Or, is this something modern people have added to a historic town? The only living history places that I have been to at Christmas have all centered around the Victorian era which was a bit different.

  12. twisterfish says:

    We are headed there in a couple weeks… can’t wait! I do find it funny that they used pineapple in some of the wreaths. I’m sure they didn’t have a huge supply of pineapple back in colonial times (though I could be wrong).

    • Oh wow! I hope I didn’t spoil your fun in seeing them! I am going to look into what they did for decoration in the colonial times to see what they would have used, exactly. Thank you for stopping by! I look forward to seeing pictures from your trip!

  13. Looks great as always. My wife and I will be down at CW in a few weeks for the New Years celebration and can’t wait as we love it down there around the holidays. 🙂

  14. Dawn says:

    The pineapple is an important player in those decorations – imagine how rare and unique they were the first time people saw them. 🙂

    • I love the pineapples in the wreaths. The pineapple is an unofficial symbol of Williamsburg. They have it on almost everything they sell there. So I think that is why they use it a lot. Also it is a symbol of “welcome”. Thank you for stopping by!

  15. I’ve been there twice, so very long ago, but still remember it well. It’s an experience everyone should have.

  16. Jeanette says:

    This takes me right back to my childhood. Thanks for bringing some of the best of VA to Abidjan today!

  17. Very beautiful. Simple materials used to create such elaborate decorations. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  18. Nice! I was thinking about getting a wreath this year . . .

  19. These are all nice. I wish though I had the doors or window treatments seen for my own place to show something like these off.

    jerry

  20. Amy says:

    All are so beautiful. Great post for the season. Thanks!

  21. belocchio says:

    Number one on my to do Christmas list is to hike down to the Dairy Barn and prune the cedar trees. I need the branches for my wreath. Then I read your post. Perfect time. Wonderful inspiration. The sun is shining. The monsoon rains have stopped. Now all I have to do is recreate the Williamsburg wreaths. V.

  22. David says:

    Beautiful wreaths and door decorations. I like how fruit were incorporated into most of the wreaths you have shown.

  23. aFrankAngle says:

    Love the variety and classic looks. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  24. jmmcdowell says:

    My husband and I have spent two Christmases at Williamsburg and loved both trips. I’m including wreaths from those trips in my posts this month.

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  26. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman says:

    Beautiful – I did not realize that about the wreaths, that they may not have been more festive like what we are used to. It makes sense. Since I like fall colors I really l like them. I have always wanted to go Williamsburg during Christmas.

  27. Reblogged this on Attractions, Next Exit and commented:
    A little something for the Christmas spirit

  28. I love the wreaths with the pineapples. Did you know that the pineapple symbolises prosperity and also privilege, because they were so rare in Europe? The pineapple symbol is a popular quilting motif, both in piecing and applique, and in quilting designs. There is more information here: http://www.levins.com/pineapple.html

  29. dogear6 says:

    I was there at the same time! I bet we saw each other at some point. I haven’t gotten around to editing or posting mine yet, but it will take more than one post (like you) – there was so much to see. Did you stay for the fireworks? I did not. I was out of there about 2 pm.

    Nancy

    • Oh wow! We could have bumped into one another and never known! I did stay for the fireworks! I was on the Palace Greens with my son. I have pics coming up on those too! I was there from 12pm to 7:30pm. It was great!

  30. Reblogged this on The Ashton FlowerShop's Blog and commented:
    Here’s how they do it ‘over the pond’ in the USA. Fabulous original decorations.

  31. They’re all gorgeous!

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