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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.

Learn more about the Courthouse on History.org Go
Schedule of
Operation:

Hours effective through
Mar. 17, 2016
Mon.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tues.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wed.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thurs.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fri.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sun.: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Ticket Required?
check Yes
ticketCW Admission
About this Historic Site: Walking Tour

Upcoming Events at the Courthouse Events

Feb 14
3:00 PM
A Public Audience with the First President, George Washington
Meet with President Washington as he looks back over his long career in public service. How did his years in the House of Burgesses prepare him for later roles? Learn what it was like to serve as commander in chief of the American forces during the War for Independence. Listen as he reflects on his part in drafting the Federal Constitution, which led to his election as the first President of the United States.
Feb 15
2:30 PM
The Examination of Joe & Dick,
Black Loyalists
Joe and Dick have been called before the Williamsburg Committee of Safety after they were caught attempting to run away to join the British Army. How will the Committee of Safety respond to the actions of these two enslaved men? Listen in to their testimonies and learn their side of the story.
Feb 15
3:15 PM
The Examination of Joe & Dick,
Black Loyalists
Joe and Dick have been called before the Williamsburg Committee of Safety after they were caught attempting to run away to join the British Army. How will the Committee of Safety respond to the actions of these two enslaved men? Listen in to their testimonies and learn their side of the story.
Feb 15
4:00 PM
The Examination of Joe & Dick,
Black Loyalists
Joe and Dick have been called before the Williamsburg Committee of Safety after they were caught attempting to run away to join the British Army. How will the Committee of Safety respond to the actions of these two enslaved men? Listen in to their testimonies and learn their side of the story.
Jun 20
10:45 AM
Music in the Air
Enjoy musical airs from colonial times in an outdoor setting. Learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by the residents of 18th-century Williamsburg and experience first-hand the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Jun 20
11:30 AM
Music in the Air
Enjoy musical airs from colonial times in an outdoor setting. Learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by the residents of 18th-century Williamsburg and experience first-hand the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Jun 20
1:30 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy musical airs from colonial times in an outdoor setting. Learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by the residents of 18th-century Williamsburg and experience first-hand the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Jun 20
2:15 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy musical airs from colonial times in an outdoor setting. Learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by the residents of 18th-century Williamsburg and experience first-hand the sounds of the town. Weather permitting.
Mar 21
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Join us at the Courthouse to give your voice to a public election.
Mar 28
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Join us at the Courthouse to give your voice to a public election.
Apr 4
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Join us at the Courthouse to give your voice to a public election.
Apr 11
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Join us at the Courthouse to give your voice to a public election.
Handicap AccessibilityFour wide stone steps to a platform, one additional step into building; wide entrance door.