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July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Fifes & Drums

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums – also known as the Field Music of the Virginia State Garrison Regiment – carries forward the tradition of military music. Since 1958, visitors in The Revolutionary City have enjoyed the musical performances and experienced the history of America’s Revolution.

Colonial Williamsburg’s field musicians are drawn from a waiting list …

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July 22, 2014

From the Garden: Of Cup Plants and Rosinweed

Two of the garden giants are now in bloom.

The Cup Plant, known in Latin as Silphium perfoliatum towers nearly 12 feet tall at the back of the herbaceous border.  It is so named because the large triangular leaves are perforated by the stem, forming a cup in which water collects for the benefit of …

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July 21, 2014

Medicine and Mortality — The Apothecary in the 18th Century

By Karen Gonzalez

The date: June 12, 1783.

The place: Williamsburg, Va.

Imagine that your child suddenly develops a feverish illness. Rumors of another smallpox epidemic are whispered in the streets and your neighbor is also sick. What do you do? If word gets out that your child has caught smallpox, you and your family may be …

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July 18, 2014

A Scary Good Time

By Toni Guagenti

Pirates and witches and ghosts, oh my!

In Revolutionary City, any time of year brings a thrilling tale of pirates on the prowl, witches on trial and ghosts on the loose.

Nightly events highlight all three for visitors who dare to find out more about Revolutionary War-era Virginia, and why life for colonists was rife …

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July 16, 2014

The Magazine Outlived Its Original Use as a Gunpowder Repository

By Ben Swenson

Here’s a stumper for you: Why is Colonial Williamsburg’s Magazine shaped like an octagon?

Answer? Nobody is 100 percent sure. There are good guesses, but Alexander Spotswood, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722 and likely architect of the Magazine, never wrote down his muse.

In the late 19th century, the Magazine …

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July 15, 2014

Campbell Recognized for Contributions to Chautauqua Institution’s Educational Mission

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – Colin G. Campbell, Colonial Williamsburg’s president and chief executive officer, received the Chautauqua Institution President’s Medal, recognizing his contributions to the unique educational center’s mission of lifelong learning.

Campbell received the medal Monday. He is only the 29th recipient of the award, first issued in 1974 as the Centennial Medal to honor individuals …

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