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September 5, 2014

Homeschooling Was the Rule in Colonial Virginia

Nearly 2 million children are homeschooled in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And their numbers are increasing at a much faster rate than the population of public schools. Parents offer many reasons for educating young people at home, from concerns about safety or instructional quality to the desire to …

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May 26, 2014

On the Podcast: The Teacher Institute Celebrates 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute began with a great idea: give teachers a week to immerse themselves in American history, and prepare them to take it back to their classrooms.

In the ensuing quarter-century, innumerable teachers have been inspired by the experience of being at the sites where history happened, and …

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April 3, 2014

Coming Saturday: Pocahontas’ wedding — and you’re invited

By Karen Gonzalez

The 400th wedding anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe will be celebrated  April 5, and will be there to cover the festivities live on Twitter.

Historic Jamestowne is hosting the wedding at the original church site.  In 2010, the 1608 church foundation was uncovered where the original wedding took place — 400 years …

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March 11, 2014

Special family weekend highlights ‘good fit’ for homeschoolers, colonial history


By Lisa O. Monroe

Homeschool families and groups from as far away as Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri will explore the Revolutionary City during a special event created just for homeschoolers each year.

It’s an event that has attracted kids and parents for years: For many reasons, Colonial Williamsburg and homeschooling make a good match.

“In the …

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March 7, 2014

Get ready for Homeschooler Weekend

“Planting the Seeds of Citizenship” is the theme for the Spring 2013 Homeschooler Weekend Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16.  The weekend will be filled with programming tailored for homeschooled students and their parents, beginning with introductory sessions at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor’s Center.  Participants can attend any one …

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February 20, 2014

Meet the Founding Father who freed hundreds of slaves during his lifetime

By Áine Cain

This month, discover the remarkable life and times of founding father Robert Carter III

For all his wealth and familial prominence, Carter wasn’t your average Virginia gentleman. He flunked the bar, even after being educated at William & Mary  grammar school and studying law in London. His contemporaries occasionally criticized his lack …

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