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A group of women relax and enjoy wine in the Williamsburg Lodge Lobby Lounge

Evening Performances

Add a Little Drama to your Nightlife

Whether you’re looking to bring the whole family together for an evening of 18th-century-inspired laughs, enjoy live colonial music, or meet the ghostly inhabitants of the Revolutionary City—you’ll find an array of nightly performances in the Revolutionary City to choose from. You’ll laugh. You’ll defend liberty. You might even be tempted to dance and sing along.

  • A jailed pirate

    Blackbeard is dead, and many of his crew have been tried and hanged in Williamsburg. On this walking tour, you will meet ghosts and ghouls of his crew and hear their true pirate tales. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children.


    haunted buildings

    Enter some of the haunted buildings and sites, meet their ghostly inhabitants, and encounter some who have lived to tell of their supernatural experiences. Each of these one-hour walking tours introduces you to a different cast of characters. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children.


    Trial of the Virginia Witch

    You are the jury in this candlelit inquiry into the charges of witchcraft brought against Grace Sherwood in 1706. Ask questions of the witnesses, weigh the evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of “the Virginia Witch.” Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion.


  • Michael Monaco plays the Jacob Kirckman harpsichord

    Enjoy an evening of 18th-century music played by members of The Governor’s Musick in the acoustically brilliant hall of the House of Burgesses.


    Detail of Musicians Playing

    The Governor’s Musick invites you to the Hall of the House of Burgesses for an evening of music for harpsichord, violin, voice, flute and viola da gamba”the music Jefferson enjoyed.


  • Courtroom scene from Courage or Cowardice

    Become a member of the court in this reenactment based on an actual court of inquiry in 1779. A Virginia officer took his men and abandoned his post in the face of a British attack, leaving the town of Portsmouth and the surrounding area defenseless.


    Scene from Papa Said, Mama Said

    While enslaved, African Americans continued to pass their cultural morals and values from generation to generation. Participate in this delightful, interactive program as instructive fables come to life and celebrate the significance of oral African tradition.


    Continental Soldiers

    This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.


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