December 6, 2013
To our readers: James Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury opened on November 16th, 2013, bringing the reconstruction project to a close. While we will all enjoy the completed Armoury for decades to come, this blog, dedicated to the reconstruction effort, will soon be winding down. Before we go, it seems appropriate to take a parting glance at the progress we have made. Over the next 6 weeks, we will focus individually on the Armoury’s component buildings, from their archaeological discovery to the final coat of paint. For those who arrived late to the Armoury Blog, this is an opportunity to …
December 5, 2013
The famed holiday fireworks begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Colonial Williamsburg. But there’s much more to know and do at this year’s Grand Illumination:
1. Where can I find a complete list of Grand Illumination events?
2. Where can I watch the fireworks?
Fireworks displays can be viewed from three locations within the Historic Area: the Capitol, the Magazine and the Palace.
3. What can I do while waiting for the fireworks to …
December 5, 2013
By Toni Guagenti
If you’re a history-loving pachyderm, you’re bound to be a frequent visitor at Colonial Williamsburg. And Ellis the Elephant, a creation of children’s book author Callista Gingrich, will be back for a book-signing on Saturday in Merchants Square.
Gingrich’s third Ellis the Elephant book, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” aims to teach children ages 4 to 8 about the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of the tricorn-wearing Ellis.
Traveling through time, Ellis has a front-row seat to the events and patriots that shaped our history, from the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere’s one-if-by-land-and-two-if-by-sea ride, from the victory at Yorktown …
December 4, 2013
Mr. Jefferson has observed that though he is an old man, he is but a young gardener. Gardening is, indeed, a humbling experience and we often learn our lessons from unexpected quarters.
The planting of broad beans, or what the Italians term fava beans, is a case in point.
At one time we were accustomed to planting our beans in September at the same time we sowed our kale and turnips. We had, at best, mixed results from this planting as the resultant plants were prone to fall down and perish if the weather turned severe. …
December 3, 2013
Historic Jamestowne is planning a special event on April 5, 2014 – the reenacted wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, marking the 400th anniversary of the legendary nuptials. In a collaboration between Historic Jamestowne and the Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center, Pocahontas’ wedding jacket also will be recreated with help from volunteers.
Embroiderers of all skill levels are needed to help finish the garment.
“This is the first time Jamestowne has done this kind of project,” said Julie Zellers-Frederick, Preservation Virginia’s volunteer coordinator. “We are calculating 300 work hours to make the jacket.”
The replicated garment will be based on the Falkland …
December 2, 2013
Colonial Williamsburg brings to life the founders and the everyday people who made the American Revolution. But what of the dead? Williamsburg also contains scattered cemeteries of various sizes. Watch some highlights in our new video tour. First, a little background.
Many eminent figures in Williamsburg’s history, including Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, were buried on their own property. Other notables, including Francis Fauquier, Virginia’s lieutenant governor for a decade before his death in 1768, are buried under the floor of Bruton Parish on Duke of Gloucester Street. Outside, the church’s crowded cemetery dates to …