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February 27, 2015

Check Out Our New Newsletter

Welcome to ReCap, a weekly newsletter packed with stories about Revolutionary history and its relevance to today’s world. We’ll tell you about the historic trades, our rare breeds, what’s being exhibited in our museums and the myriad of ways you can be entertained in the  Revolutionary City.

Food, gardens, the historical research in our libraries … Continue Reading »

February 27, 2015

Created equal?

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Were the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence tarnished from the beginning?

That question is at the heart of this imagined conversation between Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration’s author, and Lydia Broadnax, an enslaved woman in the household of Jefferson’s mentor, George Wythe.

The … Continue Reading »

February 25, 2015

From the Garden: Managing the Hotbed

The hotbed frame has been covered since before the last snow fall and the ensuing bitter cold so it was with some trepidation that we uncovered it on Sunday morning.

Uncovering the hotbed

However, all of our apprehensions were immediately relieved as the young transplants were perfectly preserved and thriving. In spite of being kept … Continue Reading »

February 24, 2015

Foundation’s Archives Department–From A to Z

Colonial Williamsburg’s Archives and Records Department is charged with preserving the history of the Foundation.

Created in 1945, the department documents the administrative, business, and legal history of Colonial Williamsburg’s Restoration and the Foundation. The archival collection serves the research needs of Foundation staff, though external researchers may also use the collection.

Our interactive feature … Continue Reading »

February 23, 2015

Getting to know George Washington, America’s ‘conservative revolutionary’

By Mitchell Reiss

George Washington’s birthday was Sunday, Feb. 22, and it is appropriate for us to look past the mattress and car sales invoking his name and pause to reflect on his many contributions to our country. From the distance of more than two centuries, how should we assess his impact on the United States? … Continue Reading »

February 20, 2015

Lights! Camera! Action!

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Historical films are always part of the conversation when it comes to Academy Awards season, from All Quiet on the Western Front (Best Picture, 1930) to 12 Years a Slave (top honoree for 2013). But did you know that many movies and television programs have been filmed in Williamsburg? Test your knowledge of Colonial Williamsburg’s … Continue Reading »


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