October 31, 2014
As the last blog post suggested, our Market House design is based on historic precedent, and the material choices have been determined by what was available in Williamsburg during the 18th century. The foundation will be made of brick, the lower framing of white oak, and …
October 29, 2014
By Aine Cain
Dessert really is timeless.
Cookies, cakes, biscuits, crackers – We think of them as distinctive snacks, each with a personality all its own.
Not so in the 18th century.
So for National Cookie month, we’ll pause to chew on the history of this delicious baked snack.
Cookies have come a long way since 7th century …
By Toni Guagenti
The sun wanes through the oversized windows of the Apollo Room at the Raleigh Tavern. An electric lantern shines just enough light on the wide-plank wood floor to cast eerie shadows – which is appropriate for the conversation being held within the room’s four walls.
The room is meant to represent a meeting room …
October 29, 2014
By Karen Gonzalez
Bruton Parish was established in 1674 from the merger of two local parishes. The church building quickly became too small for the area’s growing population and was continually expanded to accommodate more parishioners. Eventually Virginia’s royal governor, Alexander Spotswood, drafted plans for a cruciform-shaped church.
Rector James Blair oversaw the construction of the …
October 28, 2014
The pomegranates are now in their perfection.
Many visitors to Williamsburg are surprised to see this exotic fruit in the garden, but the pomegranate has a long history in Virginia.
Pomegranates were first recorded in Virginia by Robert Beverley in 1705 and George Wythe of Williamsburg made a present of pomegranate trees to his …
Produced by the American Indian Initiative at Colonial Williamsburg, the production commemorates the Cherokee peoples’ ties to Virginia in the 18th century.
“‘The Beloved Women of Chota’ is a significant addition to Colonial …