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September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day

This year, we take a moment to reflect on the legacy of artisans and laborers in America as they are represented in our Historic Trades program.

And there was no better spokesman for the program than Director of Historic Trades Jay Gaynor. He was devoted to preserving the tradition of the American tradesman, and his enthusiasm …

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August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Peyton Randolph House

The deep red Peyton Randolph House is one of the oldest, most historic, and without doubt most beautiful of Colonial Williamsburg’s original 18th-century homes. The original structure was built in 1715 by William Robertson. Sir John Randolph purchased the house’s west wing in 1721. He bought the east lot for £50 on July 20, 1724, …

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August 27, 2014

From the Garden: Accommodating Cabbages


The Brassica seedlings are ready to be moved from the frame to the garden but first we must make room for them. In order to accommodate them we have harvested several varieties of root crops including celeriac, beetroot and carrots.

The celeriac, or celery root as some gardeners call it, is an obscure plant …

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August 25, 2014

The Civil War on Williamsburg’s doorstep

By Ben Swenson

Williamsburg pulsed with activity. “The streets were thronged with artillery, supply trains and soldiers,” Val Giles wrote, “and the huckster was there crying his wares, for war had no terror for the Virginia huckster with his old poor horse and two-wheel cart.”

Yet this stirring scene wasn’t happening in the 18th century, when American …

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August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The William Lightfoot House

The William Lightfoot House stands on the south side of Duke of Gloucester Street, across the street from the Ludwell-Paradise House. This part of the Duke of Gloucester Street was less commercially attractive in the 18th century than the east end since it was farther away from the Capitol. The lots were not subdivided, so …

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August 18, 2014

Decimus et Ultimus

Williamsburg is a town with a legacy of producing patriotic fervor. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, her streets have been paced by young men brimming with passion for the country they dream of creating.

One such young man marched under the mantle of a singular moniker: Decimus et Ultimus Barziza. Born with …

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