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This early 19th-century painting of Washington is a copy of the well-known work by Gilbert Stuart. Discover more treasures from Colonial Williamsburg’s collections at emuseum.

…and second in the latest rankings of best president ever.

George Washington, first president of the United States and Williamsburg favorite, finished behind only Abraham Lincoln in a recent survey conducted … Continue Reading »

Our founders wouldn’t know what to make of the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails—and not just because they wouldn’t know what emails are.

Clinton has been criticized for using a personal email address to conduct government business when she was secretary of state. She has turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department but … Continue Reading »

How did one Williamsburg woman make her way in the world after the Revolution? Did the promise of the Declaration of Independence improve the lives of women?

In observance of Women’s History Month, we present this conversation from 2013, focused on the life and times of Lydia Broadnax, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Katrinah Lewis. … Continue Reading »

Hello and welcome to the first post of “Beneath the Surface”, the blog that keeps you up to date on the latest activities at Colonial Williamsburg’s Materials Analysis Laboratory, where the 18th century meets modern-day science. Here, we use sophisticated analytical instruments to better understand the art and artifacts that make up our … Continue Reading »

After a remarkably cool season a walk about town yet reveals the burgeoning buds of spring.

Red maple flowers

Of the two species of maple in Williamsburg the red maples are the first to bloom. John Bricklell, M.D. described the two types in The Natural History of North-Carolina published in Dublin in the year 1737 … Continue Reading »

Previous posts of Through the Ranks explored the history of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. John Harbour, Colonial Williamsburg’s first fifer, discussed the inauspicious origins of the ensemble. As a teenager in the winter of 1957-58, Harbour and his father figured out a handful of fife tunes and the corps was born. A … Continue Reading »