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What’s New

This week we introduce a new blog that will follow all major reconstruction projects at Colonial Williamsburg.

Our first project is the reconstruction of Williamsburg’s 18th-century Market House. Local readers will have noticed a recent flurry of activity on Market Square.

Just to the east of the Magazine the site has been readied, and at various trades locations across town carpenters, brickmakers, and …

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Monday marked an important day in our archaeological calendar.

On Friday, final samples were collected from the Wren Yard Site, and on Monday morning Colonial Williamsburg’s archaeologists arrived at their offices, cleanly attired and ready to begin a new “season” of work. Archaeologists are sometimes mistakenly accused of having active and inactive times of the year. …

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By Ben Swenson

Thomas Jefferson expressed a common mood among 18th-century Americans when he said music was “the favorite passion of my soul.” Now, more than 200 years later, guests to the Revolutionary City have a special opportunity to take in the music that lit a fire inside Jefferson and his contemporaries.

The 5th Annual Colonial …

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Bassett Hall, once was the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, is a key part of the story of the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.

Philip Johnson, a member of the House of Burgesses from King and Queen County, Va., is believed to have built the 18th-century frame house sometime …

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To celebrate Constitution Day – and the debut of The Tavern blog – we’ve decided to start at the beginning.

The Tavern, we hope, will be a place to talk about citizenship and all its aspects. Discussion and debate have been the bedrock of this nation from its inception. The conversation continues – and we …

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Breaking the flax

The flax that we put up in July has been very slow to dry due to a generally cool and wet summer but in the last week the bundles of flax have finally been found suitable for processing. A clear dry day was chosen and the tools assembled.

The first task is …

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