Subject: Re: Re: London and York trip
Hi Beth,

> There is suppose to be a village in Yorkshire that is somewhat like
> Williamsburg...original, restored and built to be like a village at the
> start of the Industrial Revolution. Does anyone know what I am thinking of?

I am not sure which of two places you mean. In Shropshire are the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. This is a complex of at least 7 museums including Blist's Hill, an open air museum that recreates the area as it was 100 years ago. It is fascinating and well worth your time. Most of the other museums are excellent too. It took us two full days to barely do it all justice. The other place is Beamish Open Air Museum near Durham. It could fill most of a day. We liked Ironbridge a bit better because of the variety.

If you are in Yorkshire I heartily recommend Fountains Abbey. We stopped by for a quick visit and spent nearly all day. It is an awe inspiring and fascinating place. I must admit I am partial to ruins, though.

It is Sir John Soane's Museum and a fabulously unique and free place to visit. Nearby are the Silver Vaults with more shining silver for sale (in huge vaults that used to be safety deposit boxes in another century) than you could imagine. Another free and wonderful place is the Wallace Collection. Don't miss using the bathroom as it is interesting. This museum has everything from art to armor and all displayed in a mansion.

Have a super trip! Janet Riverview, FL