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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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August 15, 2014

Fun with Bilbo catchers, Spycraft … and chores

By Ben Swenson

The summer’s winding down, but there’s still time for kid stuff. Here are five ideas that will let you and your children steal some fun in the Revolutionary City before school starts.

The Benjamin Powell House and the James Geddy House

The Revolutionary City is full of sights to behold: a mob of citizens gathering …

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August 14, 2014

Art Museums receive major endowment

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will expand and enhance educational programming,  thanks to a major endowment, according to Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President and CEO Colin G. Campbell.

The gift by Susan and David Goode of Norfolk, Va., will support efforts including tours, teacher workshops and regular classes offered at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s …

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August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Moody House

Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin once called the Moody House “one of the most charming Colonial houses in Williamsburg.” Blacksmith Josiah Moody occupied the house which bears his name from 1794 until his death in 1810. The Moody House was demolished and rebuilt in 1939-40 as guest accommodations, using most of the original …

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August 13, 2014

Birds and Beasts: The vital role of animals in the colonies

By Toni Guagenti

It isn’t only people that populate the Revolutionary City. Visitors could also find themselves eye-to-eye with oxen, pigs, sheep, horses and chickens.

Both bird and beast played a vital role in the lives of colonists during the 18th century — for money, for work and for food.

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August 13, 2014

William White — The Undereducation of America

By William E. White

I found a picture in my Facebook newsfeed this week of a carefully drawn, hand-painted sign displayed somewhere in the United States. The lettering says everything: “LIBETY or TRANNY?”

Today’s Americans are woefully undereducated. One in five American students do not graduate from high school. Twenty percent of high school graduates …

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