R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse

R. Charlton CoffeehouseOne of my favorite places to visit is Colonial Williamsburg. It is actually enough to almost make me trade my medieval spurs for a set of Colonial (or British regulation) cavalry spurs. It would definitely be an interest if there were a few more things a bit closer – of course there is some stuff from the period with the Long Rifles and the likes of Logan’s Militia and such here in Kentucky, but now I digress. Back to Colonial Williamsburg, one can imagine with the combination of getting away and potential immersion into history and even some pretty good interpretation of said history it is a pretty awesome place for someone like me to go for an occasional mini vacation.

Of an even more interesting aspect now, is the soon to be opened and new reconstructed R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse. As is noted from a recent brochure, this is the latest addition to the historic reconstruction within the historic colonial part of Williamsburg. Apparently, according the website at least, Richard Charlton was a wigmaker in Williamsburg during colonial times. Apparently, just a few doors away from the capital itself, he operated a coffeehouse that served in addition to coffee, tea and chocolate. It was an apparently, just the taverns and inns of the town, a popular place for hanging out and discussing matters of importance, like independence and treason.

Through some major research and a lot of effort (and probably a good deal of money as well) the structure has been rebuilt on what is believed to be the original foundation. It is supposed to be opening this coming weekend as a authentically operated 18th century coffeehouse. I am fascinated and already in love without having ever tried it. Just imagine combining two of my favorites like history and coffee like that in one location. Heck, if I have a book from the time period I may not come back for a few days.

So, who would like to head East with sometime between now and say Christmas for a short weekend getaway?

** – image from Colonial Williamsburg promotional materials, check out the website at history.org