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We gathered the dung for the second hotbed over the last week, throwing it up in a pile to heat and after a single turning it proved so abundantly steamy we were able to load the hotbed just four days later.

Loading the hotbed

Once the temperature in the hotbed settled at approximately 110n degrees … Continue Reading »

Trust no one. Be prepared for anything.

The fate of the Revolution is in your hands.

Will you accept the challenge?

The fifth season of RevQuest begins this week, and you can begin the adventure online. Clues, ciphers, invisible ink — it’s all part of your toolbox as a Patriot spy.

This year RevQuest takes place in 1781. The … Continue Reading »


This early 19th-century painting of Washington is a copy of the well-known work by Gilbert Stuart. Discover more treasures from Colonial Williamsburg’s collections at emuseum.

…and second in the latest rankings of best president ever.

George Washington, first president of the United States and Williamsburg favorite, finished behind only Abraham Lincoln in a recent survey conducted … Continue Reading »

Our founders wouldn’t know what to make of the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails—and not just because they wouldn’t know what emails are.

Clinton has been criticized for using a personal email address to conduct government business when she was secretary of state. She has turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department but … Continue Reading »

How did one Williamsburg woman make her way in the world after the Revolution? Did the promise of the Declaration of Independence improve the lives of women?

In observance of Women’s History Month, we present this conversation from 2013, focused on the life and times of Lydia Broadnax, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Katrinah Lewis. … Continue Reading »

Hello and welcome to the first post of “Beneath the Surface”, the blog that keeps you up to date on the latest activities at Colonial Williamsburg’s Materials Analysis Laboratory, where the 18th century meets modern-day science. Here, we use sophisticated analytical instruments to better understand the art and artifacts that make up our … Continue Reading »