To celebrate my third month in Williamsburg, I present the restroom at Chownings Tavern, on Duke of Gloucester Street. Chownings is a great place to visit while in Williamsburg; the menu offers wine and drink enjoyed by the founding fathers (which surprisingly includes several froo-froo rum drinks…) as well as entertainments and games from the period. When I visited with my parents recently, we were serenaded by a fiddler, recorder player, and a hurdy gurdy, and a magician had everyone in the room participating in his tricks, laughing, and gasping in surprise. The waitstaff is friendly and of course, decked out in period dress. Between entertainments, they offer games of the time which are a fun way to enjoy family and pass a candle-lit evening.
The path to the restroom took me up a flight of hardwood stairs with a rich wooden banister and through a hallway filled with low doorways and sconces lighting the way. Of course, when you enter the bathroom, you blink in the glare of modern florescent light gleaming off of tile walls, but I suppose it would be difficult to have tourists using bathrooms outfitted as they would have been in the old days. I did enjoy my stall, however, because there was a gabled window in it, paned with old-looking glass.
Thanks to Colonial Williamsburg and Chownings for giving us all a taste of the 1700s, while pampering us with a 1980’s bathroom!