Cruising on down the road from Jamestown, we passed through (and ate lunch in) the lovely little town of Williamsburg. They’ve got some fun shops there to look around in; I went into the tie shop just to see what they might have in the way of heraldic ties (since I’m always looking to add to my collection). Alas, the only tie with heraldry in the entire shop had a repeating pattern of the current Royal Arms of Great Britain. As tempting as it was (after all, it would go well with my pair of cufflinks with the same arms on them), I decided to pass. For some reason, there’s only so far I’m willing to go purporting with wearable heraldry to be the Queen of England.
In the same town, however, it’s possible to see a fair bit of heraldry while driving down the street. Williamsburg is home to the College of William and Mary (I recently – April 19, 2010 – posted about their adoption of a new mascot, a griffin), and I am happy to report that they use their 17th Century coat of arms extensively. For example, it appears on all of their signs, from the big sign at the entrance to many of the smaller detached offices to the football stadium.