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

Students Become the Teachers

December 16, 2019

Meet five past scholarship recipients who are Antique Forum speakers this year

Working Wood Over the Years

December 6, 2019

CW Woodworkers reminisce about conference experiences in anticipation of this year’s gathering

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

December 2, 2019

Something for everyone on your list

Wreath-Makers Workshop

November 25, 2019

Wreath-Making Workshop

Behind the scenes with the dedicated volunteers who bring the holidays to Colonial Williamsburg

Building a High Chest Brother

November 20, 2019

Building a High Chest Brother

CW Cabinetmakers seek to replicate historic processes, not create copies

Celebrate the Governor’s Palace 85th Anniversary

November 8, 2019

New Rockefeller Library exhibition spans 18th-century beginnings to 1930s reconstruction

Staring At The Sun

November 8, 2019

The Transit of Venus and the Modern Universe

Inside the Textiles Lab

October 14, 2019

A behind-the-scenes look at the conservation of the textiles collection

Wythe 101

October 8, 2019

Get to know Colonial Williamsburg’s newest Nation Builder

Can you name these pre-restoration buildings?

October 7, 2019

Match these before and after shots straight from the newly released book Restoring Williamsburg

How to Make Chelsea Buns

September 30, 2019

Chelsea Buns

Watch our historic foodways staff cook this recipe, then try it at home

Jane Austen Lovers

September 30, 2019

A fan of all things Austen? See Colonial Williamsburg through her characters’ eyes.

African American Watercolors

September 27, 2019

Preview three works, then discover their significance Nov. 8

How to Make Chicken the French Way

September 22, 2019

Watch our historic foodways staff cook this recipe, then try it at home

8 Photo-Ops Not to Miss

September 16, 2019

Camera-ready opportunities abound at Colonial Williamsburg

History is Alluring

September 12, 2019

How the Past can Energize your Present

How to Make Carrot Puffs

September 5, 2019

Carrot or parsnip puffs

Watch our historic foodways staff cook this recipe, then try it at home

Not Your Typical Internship

September 3, 2019

Pharmacy student relays her experience in historic apothecary trade shop

Furber’s Flowers

August 28, 2019

Furber's Flowers

What these iconic prints tell us about John Custis IV when we use art to inform archaeology

Rediscovering History through Objects

August 22, 2019

Joel Bohy to present at Colonial Williamsburg Conference

How to Make Potato Balls

August 19, 2019

Watch our historic foodways staff cook this recipe, then try it at home

What we’re looking for in a President & CEO

August 1, 2019

Board of Trustees hires search firm, shares specifications

Why You Should Register for the Weapons of War Conference

August 8, 2019

Colonial Williamsburg offers a closer look at the arms of the American Revolution

Preserving Colonial Williamsburg: Monitoring and Treating for Pesky Pests

July 26, 2019

How we protect our wooden structures from insects

7 Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

July 23, 2019

Climate-controlled discoveries await you

5 Lions in Our Collection

July 15, 2019

See how artists represent the king of beasts in everything from ceramic to basswood

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.



"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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