Colonial Williamsburg - Powell House Kitchen and Garden

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Colonial Williamsburg - Powell House Kitchen and Garden

Dolores and I always enjoy visits to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. The Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday periods are a wonderful time to visit because all of the decorations are on display. These pictures were taken on Thanksgiving day when many of our thoughts turn to good food.

When you tour Williamsburg, take time to visit the kitchens and gardens and added pleasure.  These scenes are at the kitchen and gardens of the Benjamin Powell House.  The kitchen at the Governor's Palace is another must visit location in Colonial Williamsburg.

The following information is from the Colonial Williamsburg website:

The Benjamin Powell House

  • Property acquired by Benjamin Powell in 1763
  • Operated contracting ("undertaking") business at site for 20 years

Powell built notable Williamsburg landmarks

Benjamin Powell was a carpenter who became a contractor, built a couple of Williamsburg landmarks, and enjoyed the company and counsel of some of 18th-century Williamsburg's leading gentlemen.

He acquired his property at the east end of the city in 1763, and for nearly 20 years pursued from there the career of an "undertaker" – as contractors were called in those days.

Served on committee that enforced embargo on British goods

He "undertook" the repairs of the Public Gaol in 1764, construction of the steeple tower at Bruton Parish Church in 1769, and the erection of the Public Hospital in 1771. In 1774, as the Revolution approached, Powell served with Peyton Randolph, George Wythe, and other men of stature on a committee that enforced an embargo on selected British goods.

Powell sold the property in 1782. About 1814, a small office was built next door for Dr. Robert Waller.

Restored original building site of interpretations of 18th-century family life

The Benjamin Powell House, a restored original building, is now home to lively interpretations of 18th-century children and family life that feature activities from playing with marbles made of clay to learning quill-and-ink penmanship.


Preparing a pheasant to cook at the fireplace.

Onion pies were a favorite in Colonial times.

The kitchen and laundry were in a separate building at the rear of the main residence. 

Powell House in Colonial Williamsburg

Photographs by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I really want to visit here someday. I can see cooking a stew or soup over the open fire, but baking??? I don't know about that. I have an antique wood cookstove. It's in storage. We bought it when we lived off the grid. My husband was going to use it to bake ( he loves to bake, and is known all over for his pies ), but I just don't know how you can bake good things on something with no temperature control.

Jan 07, 2013 12:41 PM #30
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Roy, thanks for sharing the photos of Powell House in Williamsburg VA. I can't say that I envey them having to cook in a fireplace! And Debbie's question about baking is a valid one.


Jan 07, 2013 01:07 PM #31
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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That pie looked mighty tasty Roy!

Jan 07, 2013 01:27 PM #32
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Roy, I love that you share so many experiences and places you can visit. In Colonial Williamsburg, you must have filled the whole data storage card. Love the photos and the Delores out did herself on the Onion Pie. Beautifully crafted and decorated.

Jan 07, 2013 02:09 PM #33
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Roy.  Those are some great photos as usual.  Thanks.

Jan 07, 2013 07:19 PM #34
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Roy-The pictures are great, and I was very interested in the onion pie recipe until I saw all the eggs (egg allergy). But I use onions in all sorts of things. Can't imagine cooking without them! 

Jan 07, 2013 11:01 PM #35
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

As always, your comments are very much appreciated.  We try to visit Colonial Williamsburg several times each year.  Dolores loves the kitchen demonstrations.

Powell House Kitchen, Colonial Williamsburg IMG_1250

Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Jan 07, 2013 11:14 PM #36
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I love the pictures, I just recently listed and sold a home built in 1760 that these features in the house, all original...

Jan 07, 2013 11:46 PM #37
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for sharing your experiences with us...and you just made me very hungry.  Your photographs are jsut that good, now if I could reach into the picture...that tech is on somebody's mind, I am sure, LOL A

Feb 04, 2013 06:30 AM #38
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Roy,  What a place.  I can't imagine the kitchen and laundry being in a separate building.  Maybe the master bath with a large jacuzzi so I could get away from it all, but not the kitchen...

Feb 04, 2013 07:03 AM #39
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 remember this one's one of my favorite places you've brought us to ....Thanks! Have a great night in MD!
Feb 04, 2013 07:57 AM #40
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Williamsburg would be a great place which is  loaded with history to visit. I would like to go sometime in the future.

Feb 04, 2013 08:05 AM #41
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Roy, Your photo essay reminds me of the visit I took to Williamsburg so many years ago.I think it is past time for a refresher.

Feb 04, 2013 09:46 AM #42
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for your positive feedback.  Colonial Williamsburg is one of our favorite places to visit.

Feb 05, 2013 03:26 AM #43
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Congratulations. This post is now featured on "Speechless Sundays." :)


Feb 05, 2013 03:35 AM #44
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale
Roy, beautiful colonial home and I enjoyed your tour! Onion pies?????? Really??? Not sure I would ever try that!
Feb 10, 2013 11:14 PM #45
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is always good to hear from you.

Thanks, Steve, for the feature recognition.  Those that do not try an onion pie are missing a special treat.

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Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Feb 11, 2013 12:56 AM #46
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It's been a long time since I've been to Colonial Williamsburg.  Definitely a great place to visit and realize how insane the pace of our lives has become.

Nov 22, 2014 11:58 AM #47
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Chris Ann Cleland - The holiday season is a very good time to visit Colonial Williamsburg. All of the decorations are up by Thanksgiving and there are many special programs. The deal is to purchase the annual membership that admits you to everything and then plan several visits each year. Prices are reasonable and there is no shortage of things to do and restaurants to enjoy in this college town.

Nov 23, 2014 01:13 AM #48
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is sometimes good to revisit old blogs and reblogs. We might even find some good ideas for new posts.

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