Sunday, August 26, 2012
"The Rockefeller Family and Colonial Williamsburg" shown at visitor's center
The Visitor’s Center at Colonial Williamsburg now offers a second film, “The Rockefeller Family and Colonial Williamsburg” (1992, 29 min), directed by Richard McCluney, Jr.
It follows some showings of “Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot” (discussed here May 8, 2008).
The film (often in just 1:33.1 aspect) starts with images of Williamsburg as a quaint town (with deteriorating colonial buildings) in the early 1900s, and then describes the gradual involvement of John D. Rockefeller and especially his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller by the rector W.A.R. Goodwin. Economically, Williamsburg had actually boomed during WWI. Abby enjoyed staying in Williamsburg as much as she enjoyed the Rockefeller’s other two homes.
Later scenes show the dedication of the restored city (the effort had started in 1926) by FDR in 1937. This year, 2012, marks the 75th Anniversary for Colonial Williamsburg.
Nelson, the son of John and Abby, would become a famous governor of New York State and cement the concept of a “liberal wing” to the Republican party; but I don’t remember hearing much about the connection of his family to Williamsburg when I lived in New York, despite my own experience with William and Mary, discussed elsewhere in these blogs (Oct. 23, 2011).
The ticket for both films was just $3.