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July 1, 2014

Researching 18th-Century Underwear

By Bill Sullivan

The first thing you notice is the clothing. Walking down Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, the people of the Revolutionary City are attired in all types of fashion.

The clothes suit the person’s place in society. A tradesperson is immediately distinguishable from a well-to-do lady, an enslaved person from a middling sort.

The …

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March 20, 2014

Spring begins today! Here’s how to enjoy it in the Revolutionary City

Spring begins on Thursday, March 20, at 12:57 p.m., to be precise. It’s finally time to begin enjoying the new season of events and programs around Colonial Williamsburg.


Here are some of the top activities in the Revolutionary City this spring. For more information, check our Spring Break page.

March 19, 2014

On Thursday, hear Baroque chamber music on Baroque instruments

By Karen Gonzalez

A concert of chamber music from the Baroque period will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bruton Parish Church featuring musicians playing authentic Baroque instruments.

The performance is part of the Candlelight Concert series at the church, which was erected during the Baroque era.

Music by J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, G. P. Telemann …

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March 13, 2014

Margaret Hunter millinery shop celebrates 60th anniversary at conference

By Victoria Hecht

Examine an 18th-century gown and its folds and seams will speak, whispering hints about the wearer and insight into the garment’s purposes over time.

Countless gowns have spoken to Janae Whitacre, Colonial Williamsburg’s mistress milliner and mantuamaker, during her 32 years with The Margaret Hunter Shop. This month, the interpretive site will celebrate its …

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February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Palmer House

This Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the Palmer House on Duke Of Gloucester Street in the Historic Area. Earliest records for the Palmer House lot begin in 1718.  When the building was restored in 1952, a large addition that had been constructed in 1857 was destroyed so that the house …

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February 22, 2014

Forum explores differences between civil war, revolution

By Bill Sullivan

Harvard historian David Armitage kicked off a weekend forum on citizenship in a talk that borrowed its title from none other than Russian Communist leader V.I. Lenin.

David Armitage

Armitage’s talk, “Every Great Revolution Is a Civil War,” explored the complicated terminology of violent upheavals. What is the difference between a “revolution” …

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