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Round One of “Name that Archaeological Site” was so much fun that we’ve decided to launch a second round for Throwback Thursday! Below are images of four archaeological excavations within Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. See if you can identify the site.  We’ll begin with an easy one……


Does this look familiar?


And now that you’re warmed up, can … Continue Reading »

Brendan McMahon plays Thomas Jefferson in a production of “1776,” which plays through July 5 at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md.

Bill Barker has been interpreting Thomas Jefferson for more than three decades. “I never took an acting course in my life,” he says, even though he became an Equity actor in the … Continue Reading »

By Ben Swenson

Some of the recruits had never come before. Others had come every year for as long as they could remember. But for all of them, first-timers or not, the occasion of Colonial Williamsburg’s Drummers Call marked a threshold; this time next year, they’ll be the ones captivating crowds in the Revolutionary City.


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By Karen Gonzalez

Miniature houses furnished with tiny decorations have fascinated us for thousands of years. The earliest examples of these scaled-down rooms were found in Egyptian tombs, complete with tiny replicas of servants, furnishings, livestock and even pets.

The earliest known dollhouses were fine handcrafted works of art, as opposed to children’s toys. These cabinets were … Continue Reading »

By Bill Sullivan

Take a walk in the Revolutionary City and you just might meet a future president. Specifically, the fifth president, James Monroe.

James Monroe Jayson Belew) inspects his likeness at William and Mary. View his quest for a diploma.

Monroe may be best known for the foreign policy doctrine that bears his name, … Continue Reading »

May 15, 1776.

As debate wound down and the time to vote approached, a crowd gathered in the streets of Williamsburg.

The Grand Union flag, first raised in Williamsburg on May 15, 1776, today welcomes guests to open sites in the Historic Area.

Inside the Capitol, one by one, delegates to the Fifth Virginia Convention voted … Continue Reading »