The Prentis Store is one of the original 88 structures that can be seen in Colonial Williamsburg. Many of the buildings on the charming tree-lined streets have been meticulously reconstructed from the dirt up based on years of detailed archaeological research. But a few of the original buildings have survived the years and are still available for us to visit. The Prentis Store is located at the corner of the main thoroughfare, Duke of Gloucester Street and Colonial Street, in the heart of the restored area.
The Prentis Store began life as a retail business in 1739. It has served many functions over the years, but is now operating as a retail shop again, selling hand crafted, unique items, many made by Colonial Williamsburg's skilled tradespeople using 18th-century tools and techniques. The shop was one of the first properties purchased by the Colonial Williamsburg restoration group, which included John D. Rockefeller and W.A.R. Goodwin, in 1926.
I captured my image on a beautiful early April evening. I love the traceries of the just-beginnig to leaf-out tree to the side and the gentle shadows that fall across the brick.
May 10th, 2018
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