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Courthouse

Courthouse
Colonial Williamsburg Courthouse
The Courthouse

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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Schedule of
Operation:

Hours effective through
March 15, 2015
Mon.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tues.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wed.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thurs.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fri.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sun.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Ticket Required?
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ticketCW Admission
About this Historic Site: Walking Tour

Upcoming Events at the Courthouse Events

Feb 3
11:00 AM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Feb 4
11:00 AM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Feb 5
11:00 AM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Feb 6
11:00 AM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Feb 15
4:00 PM
Salute to the Presidents
Join us for a celebration of the presidency with our founding fathers, military program staff, and the Fifes and Drums. This celebration will recognize those citizens who have served in office over the centuries as well as the states most closely assocated with each president.
Feb 15
4:00 PM
Presidents’ Weekend
Celebrate the institution of the Presidency as well as the citizens who have served in that office over the centuries. Meet with three presidents from Virginia--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison--and learn how they were shaped by their experiences in Williamsburg. Listen as they discuss the roles they each played in momentous events that occured at the Capitol.
Handicap AccessibilityFour wide stone steps to a platform, one additional step into building; wide entrance door.