Crime and Punishment
Learn how the legal system affected the lives of ordinary citizens in Williamsburg at the time of the Revolution. Participate in a mock trial and find out about the common crimes and punishments of the 18th century.
Built in 1771, the Courthouse was the county court. The officials who served were the principal agents of local government and had broad executive and judicial authority. The court’s jurisdiction included crimes ranging from petty theft to absence from church. Sentences were often immediate and public—carried out at the stocks and pillory out front.
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