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in Tavern, What's New

June 5, 2015

What Is an American?

How should the United States welcome immigrants?

Should newcomers be free to come at will?

Will they be loyal to American institutions and values?

Should they speak English? Are diverse cultures a strength or a weakness?

The debate over paths to citizenship is in the news today, but it was also a question that the United States wrestled … Continue Reading »

in Tavern, What's New

May 29, 2015

High Stakes in Colonial Virginia

By Bill Sullivan

“They play away and play it all away.”

So wrote the great Virginia planter Landon Carter of his son’s penchant to win and lose fortunes at cards.

Today we can tune into ESPN and watch the ancient spectacle, reborn as the World Series of Poker: competitors waging a battle of wit, concentration and not a … Continue Reading »

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May 21, 2015

Playing Jefferson

Brendan McMahon plays Thomas Jefferson in a production of “1776,” which plays through July 5 at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md.

Bill Barker has been interpreting Thomas Jefferson for more than three decades. “I never took an acting course in college,” he says, but by finding regular work in the theater he was … Continue Reading »

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May 1, 2015

Riders Up! Horse Racing in Williamsburg

By Bill Sullivan

George Washington lost four pounds playing the ponies as a 27-year old freshman legislator in Williamsburg in 1759.

He wasn’t alone. Horse racing and gambling were favorite pastimes in colonial Virginia.

Large crowds turned out from Virginia’s earliest years to find out who had the fastest horse—and to bet on the outcome.

The races attracted … Continue Reading »

in Tavern, What's New

April 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Tom!

This 1805 Gilbert Stuart portrait of Jefferson is in Colonial Williamsburgs collections. Learn more at emuseum.


Thomas Jefferson turns 272 today, and his roots run deep in Williamsburg.

Raise a glass tonight (preferably in your own Jefferson cup), and take in this talk by Jon Meacham, author of “Thomas Jefferson : The … Continue Reading »

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April 9, 2015

Guided by Faith


Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg

Should personal religious beliefs influence government policies?

It’s not a simple question, as evidenced by current controversies over Religious Freedom Restoration Acts being considered by state legislatures.

Americans generally agree that freedom is a good thing as long as it does not cause harm to another. But what happens when both sides claim harm? … Continue Reading »