I don’t know about you, but if it’s good enough for the queen, it’s good enough for me! When Queen Elizabeth II visited the Revolutionary City in 2007, she certainly got the royal treatment, especially from the likes of Captain & Ranger. The dynamic duo, brothers each weighing in at 1,700 pounds, are considered VIPs at the stables.
Their docile dispositions make them the perfect candidates to lead dignitaries and celebrities alike up and down Duke of Gloucester. Betty White, an avid animal lover, was so impressed with Ranger, she couldn’t resist stealing a kiss after her ride—a moment captured by a local newspaper photographer. She isn’t the only celebrity to hitch a ride on one of our carriages. Click here to see some of the other famous faces to pass through the Revolutionary City.
Behind every good horse… is a good driver. For us—that driver was Adam Canaday.
Adam has been a coachman for almost a year now but he’s been a part of the Colonial Williamsburg family since he was in kindergarten. In fact, working here is somewhat of a family tradition. His mother, five of his siblings, and several cousins have been or still are employees. Adam’s official introduction actually came from one of those cousins who was writing scripts for the African-American interpretation. However, his unofficial debut came in 1993, during the Grand Illumination. As a kid, Adam says he was obsessed with the Fifes and Drums. That night, he somehow managed to slip away from his family to follow the music and ended up on stage singing and dancing in front of the crowd.
He’s been stealing the spotlight ever since.
If you’ve traveled to the Historic Area within the past year, chances are you’ve seen and heard Adam. Full of charm and energy, he’s the driver who will shout “hellos” to every guest and interpreter he passes. He’s also known for his signature whistle—one that echoes up and down the streets on even the busiest of days. When asked about his enthusiasm, he was quick to remind us that in the 18th century, this was the capital city. It wasn’t a quiet place—it was booming and bustling and full of laughter and conversation. Adam says those conversations are the best part of his job. He loves meeting new people from all walks of life. “It’s a way of traveling without actually traveling,” he told us.
So the next time you’re visiting and you see the Virginia Tech colored carriage, Adam may be the one holding the reigns. Just don’t cheer for the Hokies. It turns out, he’s actually a Florida Gators fan.
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