October 24, 2014
By Karen Gonzalez
Feeling autumnal? Here are five great fall things to do in the Historic Area over the next five weeks.
Love big fires on cool nights? Then the Firing The Brick Kiln at the Brickyard is for you.
From Nov. 19-23 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., brickmakers will be …
October 22, 2014
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 …
October 21, 2014
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.
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 …
October 20, 2014
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 …
October 20, 2014
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.
October 16, 2014
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 …