October 21, 2014
It is in the middle of October that we plant our garlic and shallots which is true for most all of the North American colonies.
Garlic has a long usage as a medicinal plant but was seldom used in America as a culinary spice until relatively recently.
As late as 1851 Peter …
October 20, 2014
By Ben Swenson
Could you name three types of oak tree if you had to? How about five? Laura Viancour can. She’s Colonial Williamsburg’s Manager of Landscape Services, part of a devoted team that shoulders a tall responsibility: maintaining the Historic Area’s oaks — all 13 species of them — and much more.
There are over …
October 20, 2014
This week on the podcast, we reach into the grave for some buried history. In the spirit of All Hallows, we unearth the unexpected truth about colonial burial garments. Research Librarian Juliegh Clark tells us nearly all colonists would have been buried in a shroud — never their best clothes.
October 16, 2014
Eighty years ago this week, an estimated crowd of 15,000 lined the streets to catch a glimpse of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as his motorcade passed.
From his perch in the backseat, FDR saw a main street transformed, stripped of utility poles and gas stations …
October 15, 2014
By Karen Gonzalez
Dave Doody often makes his living in high places – airplanes, helicopters, cherry pickers.
That’s a good thing.
Doody’s job as a photographer at Colonial Williamsburg sometimes means he has to climb into awkward locations to get that perfect picture, like …
October 14, 2014
Asters are one of the true stalwarts of the autumn garden.
Generally known as Starworts to colonial botanists and plant collector’s there are now 36 species and several varieties of this versatile genus recognized in the state of Virginia.
From the colonial period to relatively recently the entire genus was …