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The Frenchman’s Map (1782).

Whether one is looking for treasure or the closest Starbucks, most searches are more productive with a map. Colonial Williamsburg’s archaeologists are the first to admit this, which is why each of our excavations begins by consulting the Frenchman’s Map.

The Frenchman’s Map is a Revolutionary War-period map of Williamsburg. Hand-drawn …

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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.

German Red Garlic bulb

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 …

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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 …

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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.

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Crowds line Duke of Gloucester Street on Oct. 20th, 1934.

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 …

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By Karen Gonzalez

Dave Doody often makes his living in high places – airplanes, helicopters, cherry pickers.

“I’m not afraid of heights,” said Doody, manager of photo services at Colonial Williamsburg.

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 …

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