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in What's New

March 27, 2015

An unconventional woman of Williamsburg

By Bill Sullivan

A dashing young soldier comes to town, flush with victory in battle.

A young woman succumbs to his charms. He leaves. She has his child.

It’s a plot that seems to be borrowed from a romance novel, but it happened in Williamsburg in the months after the Yorktown victory that signaled the end of … Continue Reading »

in African-American History, Tavern, What's New

March 20, 2015

The arc of herstory

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.

WHRV … Continue Reading »

in Tavern

March 13, 2015

A Place of Her Own

Eighteenth-century women faced an array of legal and social restrictions. Enslaved women enjoyed almost no protections at all.

Still, many women pushed against these limits, asserting control over finances, households and their bodies. They were not merely victims of a system rigged to deny their equality. They had ambitions: to be truly free, to speak … Continue Reading »

in What's New

March 4, 2013

Would You Send This Woman into Combat?

Emily Geiger

President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948, allowing women to enlist in the Regular Army for the first time. But women have played a part in every American conflict since the Revolutionary War.

From Martha Washington’s mobilization of the home front to modern women in combat roles, what … Continue Reading »

in History

April 10, 2012

Meet Ann Wager

The first mistress of Williamsburg’s school for African-American children, Ann Wager was a woman ahead of her time.

Learn more about Ann Wager.

Meet Ann Wager.

in Visit & Events

March 8, 2012

Women’s History Month programs highlight women’s roles

Among the new programs offered this year is “Martha’s Decision, Oney’s Choice.” Martha Washington’s favorite slave, Oney, has run away.

Hear from the First Lady and Oney as they try to understand what happened in a relationship that was so intimate and yet so distant at 12:30 p.m. March 2, 9, 12, 22 and … Continue Reading »