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November 24, 2014

Why the turkey didn’t fly

By Paul Aron

The choice of the eagle as our national symbol did not please everyone, especially since the eagle was traditionally an aristocratic and military symbol as well as a republican one. Most famously, in a 1784 letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache, Benjamin Franklin derided the eagle:

I wish the bald eagle had not been …

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November 23, 2014

Campbells Awarded the Churchill Bell, Foundation’s Highest Honor

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Saturday bestowed its highest honor for public service, leadership and stewardship, the Churchill Bell, on Chairman Emeritus and former President and CEO Colin G. Campbell and his wife, Nancy N. Campbell.

The Campbells are only the 12th recipient of the award, first given in 1992 and reserved for those who exemplify engaged …

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November 21, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Announces Campaign for History and Citizenship

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has embarked on a $600-million campaign to both reinforce and reimagine its role in the 21st century as a leader in history education and historical preservation.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss speaks Saturday during the announcement of $600-million Campaign for History and Citizenship.

Since its restoration began …

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November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Great Oak

The Great Oak in 1994

In 1926, the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin of Bruton Parish Church showed Bassett Hall to visiting philanthropist and Standard Oil heir John D. Rockefeller Jr. Goodwin wanted to persuade  Rockefeller of the value of restoring Colonial Williamsburg.

Of particular interest to Rockefeller was the Great Oak, a huge old tree that …

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November 18, 2014

Keeping the brick fires burning

It’s time to fire the hand-molded bricks that are used throughout the Historic Area.

From Nov. 19-23, the brickmakers will be at work at the kilns from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Here’s a preview.

The kiln is essentially an oven, about 12 feet tall …

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November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: World War II at the Williamsburg Inn

The Williamsburg Inn, the landmark property conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and opened in April 1937, has been the crown jewel of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels for 75 years.

Generations of guests consider the hotel their beloved “second home,” with time-honored traditions and unchanged style. Hand-plastered ceilings and restored ornamental moldings re-created by master …

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