Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop
& Public Armoury

Anderson's Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury
Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury
Anderson's Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury

Supplying the Necessities of Revolutionary Life

Watch the blacksmith take red-hot iron from the fire of his forge and, with hammer in hand, beat it into a variety of tools, hardware, and weapons. Learn that sometimes a file was as important a tool as the hammer and anvil.

During the early years of the Revolutionary War, Williamsburg blacksmith James Anderson expanded his small, commercial site into a Public Armoury. As Public Armourer, Anderson maintained and manufactured many of the weapons, tools, and other equipment used by the American military. The Armoury had a diverse workforce of more than 40, working in several shops and fed from the site’s kitchen. On certain days, you will see cooking demonstrations at this site.

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Schedule of

This location and will be closed January 3–27, 2017
during our Winter 2017 Limited Schedule.

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