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Making LOTS of bricks (photo credit: Fred Blystone).

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 …

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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.

Cracknels

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The pomegranates are now in their perfection.

Pomegranate fruit

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 …

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is currently presenting “Beloved Women of Chota: War Women of the Cherokee” on the Charlton State through Nov. 2.

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 …

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