Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop
& 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.
Visit the Armoury Reconstruction blog
on History.org Go