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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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Asters are one of the true stalwarts of the autumn garden.

White Wood Aster

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.

Large-flowered Aster

From the colonial period to relatively recently the entire genus was …

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The AMC American Revolution drama, “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” is filming in the Revolutionary City on Tuesday, Oct. 14 – and you can watch!

The Historic Area will remain open to the public, but guests may find some sites closed intermittently between the late morning and late afternoon to accommodate filming.

Preparation for the shoot begins at 7 …

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By Bill Sullivan

During Williamsburg’s opening ceremony for The Wall That Heals, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums laid a wreath, which found its way to panel W47, where the name Talmadge H. Alphin Jr. appears. An early member of the Fife and Drum corp, Alphin was its first bass drummer.

He was also a Green Beret, killed …

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Talmadge H. Alphin Jr.: Remembering the Drummer Known as ‘T’

During Williamsburg’s opening ceremony for The Wall That Heals, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums laid a wreath, which found its way to panel W47, where the name Talmadge H. Alphin Jr. appears. …

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