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September 18, 2014

The Early Music Festival: Examining Colonial Passion for Music

By Ben Swenson

Thomas Jefferson expressed a common mood among 18th-century Americans when he said music was “the favorite passion of my soul.” Now, more than 200 years later, guests to the Revolutionary City have a special opportunity to take in the music that lit a fire inside Jefferson and his contemporaries.

The 5th Annual Colonial …

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September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Bassett Hall

Bassett Hall, once was the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, is a key part of the story of the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.

Philip Johnson, a member of the House of Burgesses from King and Queen County, Va., is believed to have built the 18th-century frame house sometime …

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September 17, 2014

Welcome to The Tavern

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To celebrate Constitution Day – and the debut of The Tavern blog – we’ve decided to start at the beginning.

The Tavern, we hope, will be a place to talk about citizenship and all its aspects. Discussion and debate have been the bedrock of this nation from its inception. The conversation continues – and we …

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September 16, 2014

From the Garden: Of Breaking, Scutching and Hackling

Breaking the flax

The flax that we put up in July has been very slow to dry due to a generally cool and wet summer but in the last week the bundles of flax have finally been found suitable for processing. A clear dry day was chosen and the tools assembled.

The first task is …

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September 16, 2014

Happy 200th, Star Spangled Banner!

Lance Pedigo

Today in Baltimore, there’s a celebration for the 200th birthday of our National Anthem.

We want to do our part, so Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums are honoring the occasion with their own rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, recorded at a 2006 performance.

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September 12, 2014

Attention to Detail: Embellishments with Lace

By Sue Robinson

Lace is making fashion news this fall. DKNY, the doyenne of New York urban chic for the Manhattan working woman, is showing lace dresses. It’s an edgy look: Donna Karan is presenting lace sheath dresses, in pink and black, with clunky leather boots.

Also seen on runways: Lacy or crocheted tops with jeans and …

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