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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
June 14, 2015
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.
Ticket Required?
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About this Historic Site: Walking Tour

Upcoming Events at the Courthouse Events

Apr 18
10:30 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.
Apr 18
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.
Apr 18
11:30 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.
Apr 21
10:30 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.
Apr 18
1:30 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
Apr 25
1:30 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
May 2
1:30 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
May 9
1:30 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
Jul 4
11:00 AM
Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Gather with the citizens of Williamsburg on July 25, 1776 to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Only a few weeks ago, Virginia's representatives adopted their own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the new state.
Handicap AccessibilityFour wide stone steps to a platform, one additional step into building; wide entrance door.