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We are now in the midst of the autumn bulb season. This often comes as a surprise to our visitors who associate such floral extravagances with the spring season.

Colchicum autumnale

There a several species of crocus, including the much coveted saffron crocus, that bloom in the fall and several other crocus-like bulbs that grace …

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Guest posting by Jenna Simpson

Provenance relates to the life history of a piece –who’s owned it, where it’s been, what it’s seen in its lifetime.

Knowing where and how an object was used allows us to appreciate it not only for its own aesthetic and historical value; it helps us to put the piece into a …

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Pedlar, from W. H. Pyne, Microcosm, 1806.

Market day for the “country people” started early when the stillness of the predawn hour in the capital was broken by faint and then distinct sounds of the rattling rumble of carts and wagons on the unpaved roads leading to Williamsburg. Traveling several miles from distant plantations …

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By Áine Cain

George Washington hated ingratitude, to put it mildly.

In a May 29, 1754 letter to Virginia Governor Dinwiddie, he wrote that, “Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.”

So on a day especially devoted to gratitude, let’s take …

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The deciduous denizens of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area are no slouches when it comes to the flaming colors of a classic autumn. Manager of Landscape Services Laura Viancour says trees are chosen with an eye toward fall color, but their year-long care is more complex than you might imagine.

Listen now.

Take the Tall Treasures

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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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