Nankin Bantams at Colonial Williamsburg

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Nankin Bantams at Colonial Williamsburg

Nankin Bantams, miniature fowl, are part of the poultry population at Colonial Williamsburg.

“The chickens seen in the poultry houses and runs around the Historic Area represent breeds that could have been in Williamsburg during the eighteenth century. While general-purpose chickens were the mainstay of the poultry stock, ornamental and bantam fowl were becoming increasingly popular as the colonists copied prevailing trends in England.” - Laura Arnold, a Historical Interpreter in the Department of Historic Interpretation, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The pictured rooster and hen may be seen at the rear of the Powell House.


A small rooster with a very big voice.  Photographs by Roy Kelley on Thanksgiving Day in Colonial Williamsburg.

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Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the picture. It reminds me of my childhood as my neighbors used to have hens  .

Dec 02, 2011 10:49 PM #1
Scott Fogleman
New Home Team 804-573-9592 - Richmond, VA
New Home Team

I love colonial Williamsburg, so much that I have miniatures of the house Christmas Decorations. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Dec 02, 2011 10:53 PM #2
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Too bad Active Rain doesn't have sound. I bet the rooster was loud.

Dec 02, 2011 10:58 PM #3
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Roy .....I grew up with a lot of those running around!  Brings back great memories .....Thanks!

Have a great day!

Dec 02, 2011 11:35 PM #4
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Roy, I have been to Williamsburg 3 times and never heard of the birds. I so am glad you added these post on your blog. Now I want to go back and pick up on what I missed! Thanks for sharing!

Dec 02, 2011 11:40 PM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Who knew you could get your chicken facts right here on AR! Can't wait for your next post! Enjoy your day!

Dec 02, 2011 11:44 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for stopping by this morning. Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful travel destination and Dolores and I hope you will have the opportunity for a visit during the holiday period.

This little rooster has a very large voice!

Bantam Rooster at the Powell House

We visited Colonial Williamsburg over the Thanksgiving Holidays. It is a wonderful time of the year to visit the area.  Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs





Dec 03, 2011 12:55 AM #7
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Roy, I have always wanted to have chickens again. I grew up on a Ranch in Texas and we had chickens. I don't really remember what kind and my Broker has some very special chickens. It would be so fun to learn about the new breed and to have chickens. You are allowed to have chickens anywhere in Shasta County. Thinking......I wonder what David will say to the idea.....? Have a beautiful day!

Dec 03, 2011 12:56 AM #8
Michael Delaware
Troxel Realty Co. LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Just colorful as flowers Roy.  Nice photos! Have a good holiday season!

Dec 03, 2011 02:05 AM #9
John Wingate
EXIT Shore Realty - Salisbury, MD
Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes

Thanks for the sharing the picture! Even the chickens are colorful! You sure do know where and what to take pictures of. All of your pictures are stunning Roy!

Dec 03, 2011 04:31 AM #10
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Roy,  Great pictures.  Boy I have a craving for - don't say it - yes KFC

Dec 03, 2011 07:43 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for your comments.  I am having a lot of problems with ActiveRain.  It has become very difficult to leave comments on the posts of others and almost impossible to re-blog posts of others. My patience is running thin.

So, please accept my apologies if I am unable to make comments on your posts.

Dahlia photograph by Roy Kelley.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dec 03, 2011 07:47 AM #12
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
David Weekley Homes - Cypress, TX
David Weekley Homes in Towne Lake 70's


              I do not remember the fouls when I was there 17 years ago! Great pictures as always I love the beer meatballs posts. I like Myrl as well you have many recipes that I want to try!

Dec 03, 2011 09:16 AM #13
Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield
REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages - Summerfield, FL
Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL

Hi Roy - It is amazing how beautiful some roosters can be.  We had the most magnificent one loose in our neighborhood this post summer.  It did nothing but crow all day long, but it was a beautiful sight!

Dec 03, 2011 12:41 PM #14
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
24 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Very pretty chickens, Roy. I love Williamsburg and will have to plan a trip there soon. Have a good Sunday.

Dec 03, 2011 11:54 PM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good Sunday morning. We have a beautiful day in Maryland. Have a great week and enjoy the holidays as you prepare for an outstanding new year.

This is a good time of the year to visit Colonial Williamsburg.  Dolores and I like to see all of the decorations that are made with natural materials.

Colonial Williamsburg on Thanksgiving Day.  Photograph by Roy Kelley.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dec 04, 2011 01:34 AM #16
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda

Hi Roy,

Great pictures of the roosters and chickens. The colors are great. I can tell you must have had a fabulous time in Colonial Williamsburg. Happy Holidays.

Dec 06, 2011 03:51 PM #17
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686

Hi Roy, Wonderful colors in the rooster!  Thank you.


Dec 13, 2011 01:54 PM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks so much for your comments.

Best wishes to all for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wreath at the Craft House in Colonial Williamsburg IMG_1432

Photograph by Roy Kelley

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Dec 16, 2011 03:27 AM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Heat alerts are posted in Maryland and we will change our plans for outdoor activities.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Aug 12, 2016 11:02 PM #20
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