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Market Square

Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square

Join the Bustle of a Market Day

As in the 18th century, Market Square is a hub of activity. Walk in the steps of the founders as you gather to observe a militia review or browse the wares at the seasonal stands. Listen as a proclamation is read from the Courthouse steps or simply watch the people passing by.

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Schedule of
Operation:

Public access. See hours of Outdoor Market Stands.

Ticket Required?

No
About this Historic Site: placeholder Come and Go

Upcoming Events at Market Square Events

Sep 2
11:00 AM
Oxen: Learn about This Source of Power
Oxen played an important role in the lives of 18th-century Virginians. They provided the power to pull plows and move heavy loads. Oxen were preferred for long-distance moves, because they were hardier than horses and better able to find food along the way. Though Virginians loved their horses, a yoke of oxen was likely to be of greater service over the long haul.
Sep 5
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!
Sep 6
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!
Sep 7
12:00 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!
Sep 1
2:00 PM
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.
Sep 1
2:30 PM
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.
Sep 1
3:00 PM
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.
Sep 1
3:30 PM
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.
Oct 11
1:00 PM
Military Music Demonstration
In addition to stirring the blood, the music of the fifes and drums served as instructions to the army in camp, on the march or in battle. Come and experience the sounds that ordered the soldiers' days.
Oct 14
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Oct 14
8:30 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Oct 21
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Oct 10
9:30 AM
Understanding the 1781 Yorktown Campaign
Meet with a Historian and explore the events that lead up to the arrival of General Washington’s Allied Army in Williamsburg.?
Oct 10
10:00 AM
General Orders Read with Trooping of Colors
Join with residents of Williamsburg as the final plans for the siege of Yorktown are made. General Washington offers his thanks to the city for their patience. The flags of the various regiments’ will be paraded and the Army’s “General Orders” for the day will be read.  
Oct 10
3:00 PM
Understanding the 1781 Yorktown Campaign
Meet with a Historian and explore the events that lead up to the arrival of General Washington’s Allied Army in Williamsburg.?
Oct 11
9:30 AM
Understanding the 1781 Yorktown Campaign
Meet with a Historian and explore the events that lead up to the arrival of General Washington’s Allied Army in Williamsburg.?
Sep 1
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory!
It's late September of 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, eager to engage the British. As the time to march grows near, the general addresses the citizens concerning the impending battle at Yorktown. A review of the local militia includes cannon salutes and a fife-and-drum fanfare.
Sep 2
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory!
It's late September of 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, eager to engage the British. As the time to march grows near, the general addresses the citizens concerning the impending battle at Yorktown. A review of the local militia includes cannon salutes and a fife-and-drum fanfare.
Sep 3
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory!
It's late September of 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, eager to engage the British. As the time to march grows near, the general addresses the citizens concerning the impending battle at Yorktown. A review of the local militia includes cannon salutes and a fife-and-drum fanfare.
Sep 4
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory!
It's late September of 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, eager to engage the British. As the time to march grows near, the general addresses the citizens concerning the impending battle at Yorktown. A review of the local militia includes cannon salutes and a fife-and-drum fanfare.