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in What's New

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 my life,” he says, even though he became an Equity actor in the … Continue Reading »

in History, What's New

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 »

in Tavern

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 »

in Books, Visit & Events, What's New

March 30, 2015

5 Questions with Peter Manseau,
author of ‘One Nation Under Gods’

By Bill Sullivan

Peter Manseau, author of “One Nation Under Gods.”

Peter Manseau is the award-winning author of the memoir “Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun and Their Son” and the novel “Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter,” among other titles. His new book, “One Nation Under Gods,” examines the history of religious diversity … Continue Reading »

in Tavern, What's New

March 27, 2015

Earning the public trust


What do we expect from our public officials? What should we expect?

In this imagined conversation, Thomas Jefferson and Martha Washington discuss their beliefs about integrity and leading by example.

Are we living up to theirs?

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