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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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October 14, 2014

From the Garden: Late Bloomers

Asters are one of the true stalwarts of the autumn garden.

White Wood Aster

Generally known as Starworts to colonial botanists and plant collector’s there are now 36 species and several varieties of this versatile genus recognized in the state of Virginia.

Large-flowered Aster

From the colonial period to relatively recently the entire genus was …

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October 13, 2014

AMC Drama ‘Turn’ Comes to the Revolutionary City

The AMC American Revolution drama, “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” is filming in the Revolutionary City on Tuesday, Oct. 14 – and you can watch!

The Historic Area will remain open to the public, but guests may find some sites closed intermittently between the late morning and late afternoon to accommodate filming.

Preparation for the shoot begins at 7 …

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