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Making History Now a Colonial Williamsburg Blog

Where the past ignites the present. Keep up with what's happening behind the scenes, plus tips for visiting, history, and much more.

Sir Reginald Cleans Up Nicely

July 3, 2019

How our conservation team treated a turtle soup tureen

Why “Created Equal?”

July 1, 2019

Thoughts on the inspiration for “Created Equal,” a new museum theatre program for July 4th

Wayward Highlanders

June 20, 2019

On this day in 1776, two vessels of the Virginia Navy prevented reinforcements from reaching Lord Dunmore.

What does “interpretation” mean, anyway?

June 19, 2019

What does "Interpretation" mean anyway?

How everyone from Tradespeople to Nation Builders to Carriage Drivers learn to bring history to life

Long Live Tradition

June 18, 2019

Long Live Tradition

Interior designer Eric Ross shares his take on his visit

Celebrating Juneteenth

June 17, 2019

Celebrating Juneteenth

Discover untold stories through interpretation and archaeological artifacts

Celebrating July 4 at Colonial Williamsburg

June 11, 2019

An insider’s guide to planning your day

handling the Heat

May 31, 2019

Head Over Heels

Animal Safety and High Temperatures

Head Over Heels

May 22, 2019

Head Over Heels

Who knew the collaborative reproduction of an 18th-century wig could bring such joy?

Man in the Making

May 3, 2019

Man in the Making

Learning from the man I’m learning to portray: young George Washington

Marching Ambassadors

April 29, 2019

Marching Ambassadors

The Fife and Drum Corps represents Colonial Williamsburg at the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Inhabitants

April 26, 2019

The Inhabitants: An exploration into the 18th-century belief in extraterrestrial life

An exploration into the 18th-century belief in extraterrestrial life

Test Your 18th-Century Knowledge

April 15, 2019

Test Your 18th-Century Knowledge

How well do you know revolutionary America?

An International Stage

April 10, 2019

An International Stage

An infographic look at the Fife and Drum Corps’s preparation for the Virginia International Tattoo

Preserving Colonial Williamsburg: Maintaining our Painted Surfaces in the Historic Area

March 29, 2019

Preserving Colonial Williamsburg: Maintaining our Painted Surfaces in the Historic Area

Our maintenance workers provide the first line of defense for our buildings, painting 75 to 85 buildings a year

A Woman Computer

March 25, 2019

A Woman Computer

The story of Mary Edwards, an 18th-century woman who worked for decades as a human computer

A 10-Year-Old Guest’s Perspective

March 12, 2019

A 10-year-old guest's perspective

Kaitlin Smith shares her experience and recommendations for visitors. “Colonial Williamsburg,” she says in her video “is an excellent educational place for both kids and adults.”

Preserving Colonial Williamsburg: Painting the Governor’s Palace

February 26, 2019

Preserving Colonial Williamsburg: Painting the Governor’s Palace

As of Feb. 1, 2019, we have finished painting the entry and stair hall at the Governor’s Palace to reflect the latest research discoveries. We began by painting the paneling in the entry hall in January 2018.

Pilot of the patriot

February 11, 2019

Pilot of the Patriot

How Cesar Tarrant was granted freedom through his naval service

The Great Cake Debate

January 4, 2019

Colonial Cat Suit

Family history tells us that Mrs. Washington would make this cake every Twelfth Night to not only celebrate the 12th day of Christmas but also her wedding anniversary with General Washington on January 6th, 1759.

2018

 

"A Suit of Clothes For Puss"

December 24, 2018

Colonial Cat Suit

Throughout the 18th Century, artists have depicted cats and especially monkeys wearing clothing in portraits, often playing the role of humans, mirroring the actions, foibles, and follies of human beings.

Thank You for your Support

December 19, 2018

Thank You For Your Support

As 2018 comes to an end, all of us at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation wish to thank you, our remarkably generous donors, for your unwavering commitment to this national treasure and our mission.

Courage Independence Liberty

December 10, 2018

Courage Independence Liberty

The story of America is the story of Williamsburg and the people who lived and worked in this once bustling colonial capital. Some of the nation’s most famous leaders—Washington, Jefferson and Madison—walked these streets and made lives for themselves right here. But our story is so much more than just these nation builders. Our story is one of hope, courage and perseverance.

One Telegram That Inspired a Dream

December 6, 2018

 One Telegram That Inspired a Dream

At 10:51 a.m. on December 7, 1926—92 years ago today—an obscurely worded telegram signed by “David’s father” was sent over the lines from New York City to Williamsburg, an event we mark as the beginning of the Restoration of Virginia’s colonial capital.

Preserving Colonial Williamsburg: Benjamin Powell House to Get a New Roof

November 27, 2018

Those who are local to Williamsburg may have already noticed the scaffold on the Benjamin Powell House at the corner of Waller and Lafayette Streets. We are starting the third and final major roof replacement for 2018.

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

November 27, 2018

Walking on DoG St

Finding the perfect gift can be quite difficult sometimes. How does one find an item or items that represent their feelings toward friends and family? With that in mind, we have put together our Holiday Gift Guide for 2018.

Present from the Past 2018

October 19, 2018

Presents from the Past

Something for everyone on your list – Delight that special someone with a Present from the Past

 

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