March 1, 2014
Too busy staying warm in February to read history.org every day? Catch up now with the five most-read stories of the month:
3. Bacon Week
Other media around the country also chose Colonial Williamsburg as a topic for stories and photos this month. For more coverage of the historic area and its people, follow us on Issuu.
February 20, 2014
At the Margaret Hunter Shop at Colonial Williamsburg’s Duke of Gloucester Street, interpreters portray the millinery business, focusing on 18th-century fashions, their importance in colonial society, and the economics of importing.
The shop actually was once a garage (image: top right); in 1930, it was restored and renamed The Golden Ball. The grand opening of the Margaret Hunter Shop, also known as the millinery shop, was held in February 1954 (image: bottom right).
Read more about colonial milliners:
January 31, 2014
Earlier this week, we asked our readers to caption this photograph by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation photographer Dave Doody, taken during this week’s snowstorm.
Entries were submittted through the “What’s New” blog and Facebook pages. The winning caption, judged by history.org staff members, was from Teresa Diani of Santa Maria, Calif.:
“Good thing we’re wearing our flannels.”
Runner-up was an entry from Kathryn Remensky of Pittsburgh, Pa.:
“Is it dirty to feel sheepish? Or sheepish to feel dirty?”
Want a second chance? You can post your ideas in the comments section below.
January 29, 2014
The snow fell peacefully in Colonial Williamsburg overnight and left behind a glistening Revolutionary City. Do you wonder what the sheep were thinking? We did. Go to the comments section below this post, and try your hand at writing a caption for Colonial Williamsburg photographer Dave Doody’s photo of our famous sheep. We’ll publish the best one later this week.
January 2, 2014
Readers have chosen the George Wythe House as their favorite decorated door in Colonial Williamsburg’s historic district.
Hundreds of voters in the Patriot’s Choice Poll chose the colorful green and red apple-adorned wreath as the top winner. The George Wythe House, located on the Palace Green, received nearly 41 percent of the vote.
Runners-up were the Peyton Randolph House on Nicholson Street, with 30 percent of voters choosing it as the top door; and the Greenhow Tenement Kitchen on Duke of Gloucester Street with nearly 29 percent of the vote.
Guests on the holiday house tour and others were invited to vote in the Patriot’s Choice awards over the past few weeks. The public poll followed the annual official judging of door decor by a three-member team.
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January 2, 2014
Wondering why a particular photo was chosen as you hang up your 2014 Colonial Williamsburg calendar? Dave Doody, Photo Services Manager at Colonial Williamsburg, says he looks for three particular characteristics when setting aside potential calendar images.
- Clear of modern distractions
- Evocative light
- Interesting composition that expresses the season
Doody heads the six-person Photo Services Department, which handles all of the official photography of the foundation and maintains a collection of more than a half-million images.
Colonial Williamsburg has had staff photographers since the early years of the town’s reconstruction.
“One thing that people don’t realize,” says Doody, “is that we work our way into every nook and cranny of the foundation eventually.” In other words, the photographic record includes a lot more than scenic shots. You can browse through many and order your favorites online, or see the daily progress of the photography team by following their work on Facebook. Or send a New Year’s greeting to a friend via a Williamsburg postcard.
You can still get your own 2014 calendar featuring official Colonial Williamsburg photography. Simply donate at least $35 to the Colonial Williamsburg Fund in support of the foundation’s educational mission (which also gets you a subscription to the Colonial Williamsburg journal). Be sure to type “CALENDAR” in the comment line of the form.
The calendar includes listings for many special events, including the foundation’s Electronic Field Trips, Drummers Call, and Grand Illumination.