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November 21, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Announces Campaign for History and Citizenship

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has embarked on a $600-million campaign to both reinforce and reimagine its role in the 21st century as a leader in history education and historical preservation.

Since its restoration began in 1926, Colonial Williamsburg has evolved as a source of learning and inspiration about America’s founding. Visitors to the colonial capital city …

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November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Great Oak

The Great Oak in 1994

In 1926, the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin of Bruton Parish Church showed Bassett Hall to visiting philanthropist and Standard Oil heir John D. Rockefeller Jr. Goodwin wanted to persuade  Rockefeller of the value of restoring Colonial Williamsburg.

Of particular interest to Rockefeller was the Great Oak, a huge old tree that …

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November 18, 2014

Keeping the brick fires burning

It’s time to fire the hand-molded bricks that are used throughout the Historic Area.

From Nov. 19-23, the brickmakers will be at work at the kilns from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Here’s a preview.

The kiln is essentially an oven, about 12 feet tall …

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November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: World War II at the Williamsburg Inn

The Williamsburg Inn, the landmark property conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and opened in April 1937, has been the crown jewel of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels for 75 years.

Generations of guests consider the hotel their beloved “second home,” with time-honored traditions and unchanged style. Hand-plastered ceilings and restored ornamental moldings re-created by master …

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November 12, 2014

From the Garden: Whiting the Cos

Paris Island Cos

Now that the weather has cooled we can begin whiting the Cos.

This is the most ancient form of lettuce, named for the Isle of Kos in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey. From there it was transported to Italy and from Italy to the rest of Europe, where it was known …

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November 12, 2014

Preserving the link to Jamestown Island’s earliest days

By Ben Swenson

Historic buildings are often resplendent against the backdrop of a picture-perfect day. They let us leave the 21st-century for a momentary glimpse of life long ago. Yet the hard work required to create those snapshots isn’t always blue skies and sunshine. One case in point now stands at Historic Jamestowne, cradle of modern …

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