October 25, 2013
Armoury Grand Opening
November 15-17, 2013
Dedication on Saturday, November 16th at 3 p.m.
When we posted our first Armoury Blog entry in September, 2010, this was the event we were waiting for!
After more than three years of digging, treading, molding, splitting, pit-sawing, hammering, painting, and much research, James Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury will open to the public in its completed form in mid-November. Many of you have joined us for events along the way: the Anderson Kitchen frame-raising in the fall of 2010, raising the frame on the Blacksmith Shop in August 2011, the Blacksmith Shop opening in March 2012, and the Tin Shop frame-raising in December 2012. As we move into November, we hope that you, our faithful blog followers, have one more celebration left in you!
The weekend of November 15th through November 17th marks the Armoury’s Grand Opening. Throughout the weekend, blacksmiths, tin men, cooks, coopers, wheelwrights, and armourers will enliven the site with the practice of their trades. Historic Trades carpenters will put finishing touches on the Armoury’s fences while, in the southeast corner of the yard, the “First Oval Office,” a reproduction of George Washington’s Revolutionary War field office and sleeping marquee (and a joint project of the Museum of the American Revolution and Colonial Williamsburg) will be displayed for the first time.
A ceremony to mark the formal dedication of the Armoury complex will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th in front of the James Anderson House on Duke of Gloucester Street. This 30 minute program will include guest speakers, remarks about the site’s historical significance and reconstruction, and a special thanks to Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Capping the event will be a cannon salute from the Armoury yard which will be “answered” by artillery at Market Square, the Military Encampment, and the Capitol.
We hope that you will be able to join us; to admire this great addition to the Historic Area, to celebrate all who made it happen, and to be celebrated as supporters of the effort!