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Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop
& Public Armoury

Anderson's Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury
Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury
Anderson's Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury

Supplying the Necessities of Revolutionary Life

Watch the blacksmith take red-hot iron from the fire of his forge and, with hammer in hand, beat it into a variety of tools, hardware, and weapons. Learn that sometimes a file was as important a tool as the hammer and anvil.

During the early years of the Revolutionary War, Williamsburg blacksmith James Anderson expanded his small, commercial site into a Public Armoury. As Public Armourer, Anderson maintained and manufactured many of the weapons, tools, and other equipment used by the American military. The Armoury had a diverse workforce of more than 40, working in several shops and fed from the site’s kitchen. On certain days, you will see cooking demonstrations at this site.

To learn more, visit the Armoury Reconstruction blog on History.org Go
Schedule of
Operation:

Hours effective through
August 31, 2014
Mon.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tues.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wed.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thurs.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Kitchen Hours:

Hours effective through
August 24, 2014
Mon.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tues.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wed.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thurs.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tin Shop Hours:

Hours effective through
August 24, 2014
Mon.: Closed
Tues.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wed.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thurs.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun.: Closed
Ticket Required?
check Yes
ticketCW Admission
About this Historic Site: placeholder Come and Go

Upcoming Events at the Blacksmith Shop & Public Armoury Events

Sep 6
9:00 AM
Fall Homeschool Days
The Tinsmith’s Apprentice
Visit the newest trade in the Revolutionary City and discover the art behind creating vessels, kettles, cups, saucers, and a whole lot more. You'll also learn of the importance of inches, ounces, feet, and pounds--and the role of math--in the tinsmith's workday. Try your hand at the important skils of ciphering, tracing patterns, and forming shapes. You might uncover a hidden talent! This hands-on program is for children 9-12, who must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Sep 13
9:00 AM
Fall Homeschool Days
The Tinsmith’s Apprentice
Visit the newest trade in the Revolutionary City and discover the art behind creating vessels, kettles, cups, saucers, and a whole lot more. You'll also learn of the importance of inches, ounces, feet, and pounds--and the role of math--in the tinsmith's workday. Try your hand at the important skils of ciphering, tracing patterns, and forming shapes. You might uncover a hidden talent! This hands-on program is for children 9-12, who must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Handicap AccessibilityAt ground level.