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October 24, 2014

‘Beloved Women of Chota: War Women of the Cherokee’ being performed through Nov. 2

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is currently presenting “Beloved Women of Chota: War Women of the Cherokee” on the Charlton State through Nov. 2.

Produced by the American Indian Initiative at Colonial Williamsburg, the production commemorates the Cherokee peoples’ ties to Virginia in the 18th century.

“‘The Beloved Women of Chota’ is a significant addition to Colonial …

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October 24, 2014

Five Fall Things to Do in the Revolutionary City

By Karen Gonzalez

Feeling autumnal? Here are five great fall things to do in the Historic Area over the next five weeks.

 

More Bricks for Our Walls

Love big fires on cool nights? Then the Firing The Brick Kiln at the Brickyard is for you.

From Nov. 19-23 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., brickmakers will be …

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October 21, 2014

In the Garden: Of Garlic and Shallots

It is in the middle of October that we plant our garlic and shallots which is true for most all of the North American colonies.

German Red Garlic bulb

Garlic has a long usage as a medicinal plant but was seldom used in America as a culinary spice until relatively recently.

As late as 1851 Peter …

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October 20, 2014

Revolutionary City’s tree varieties create a diverse autumn palette

By Ben Swenson

Could you name three types of oak tree if you had to? How about five? Laura Viancour can. She’s Colonial Williamsburg’s Manager of Landscape Services, part of a devoted team that shoulders a tall responsibility: maintaining the Historic Area’s oaks — all 13 species of them — and much more.

There are over …

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October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: When Mr. Roosevelt Came to Town

Crowds line Duke of Gloucester Street on Oct. 20th, 1934.

Eighty years ago this week, an estimated crowd of 15,000 lined the streets to catch a glimpse of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as his motorcade passed.

From his perch in the backseat, FDR saw a main street transformed, stripped of utility poles and gas stations …

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October 15, 2014

Focus on Colonial Williamsburg’s Photographers

By Karen Gonzalez

Dave Doody often makes his living in high places – airplanes, helicopters, cherry pickers.

“I’m not afraid of heights,” said Doody, manager of photo services at Colonial Williamsburg.

That’s a good thing.

Doody’s job as a photographer at Colonial Williamsburg sometimes means he has to climb into awkward locations to get that perfect picture, like …

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