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January 27, 2015

‘Therapy’ and ‘Outlet’ Becomes a Calling for Weaver

By Lisa O. Monroe

A bargain with a college roommate may have brought Karen Clancy to Williamsburg. But it was her mother’s love of history and the creative spark she ignited in her daughter that started Clancy on a path to become the Revolutionary City’s head weaver, dyer and spinner.

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January 26, 2015

TURN returns to Williamsburg

By Bill Sullivan

Scores of visitors to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area witnessed history Monday as AMC’s spy drama TURN returned for a final day of filming.

The Governor’s Palace was the setting for scenes that will appear later this year in episode 9 of the show’s second season.

Production equipment lines the path in front of …

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January 21, 2015

From the Garden: In Praise of Turnips

White egg turnip

It is at this time of year that we turn to the root crops to supply the table with our chief sustenance and there is no root as useful to this purpose as the turnip.

Turnips have been grown for untold thousands of years having arisen from its wild progenitor somewhere between …

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January 19, 2015

How Colonial Williamsburg learned to tell its own story

By Bill Sullivan

In 1926, Williamsburg was a quiet southern college town whose storied past had been largely forgotten. It hadn’t been Virginia’s capital city for 150 years and the modern world crept in slowly, with gas stations and soda fountains bumping up against old colonial buildings.

It was, in the words of one writer, a certain …

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January 15, 2015

Conference: Working Wood in the 18th Century

By Ben Swenson

Historical furniture can be appreciated both for what it is and for what it says. Sure, household furnishings are all at once useful tools, works of craftsmanship and objects of beauty.

But adjust the focus a little–step in close or move back aways–and those very same items, especially pieces that have survived centuries, …

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January 13, 2015

From the Garden: Mid-Winter Vegetables

With the colder weather of mid-winter our selection of greens are greatly reduced except for those grown in frames or stored in trenches in the ground.

Trenching the cabbage

Cabbages are particularly eligible for the latter treatment and it is a common practice among market gardeners in London as explained by Mr. Miller in The …

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