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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.

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Schedule of
Operation:

Hours effective through
Jun. 16, 2016
Mon.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tues.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wed.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thurs.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fri.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sat.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sun.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Ticket Required?
check Yes
ticketCW Admission
About this Historic Site: Walking Tour

Upcoming Events at the Courthouse Events

May 4
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.
May 5
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.
May 5
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.
May 5
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.
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.
May 9
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Free elections are the cornerstone of American liberty. Come join with the townspeople of Williamsburg as they exercise their right to participate in government. Learn how these citizens of a new nation define "government of the people."
May 16
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Free elections are the cornerstone of American liberty. Come join with the townspeople of Williamsburg as they exercise their right to participate in government. Learn how these citizens of a new nation define "government of the people."
May 23
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Free elections are the cornerstone of American liberty. Come join with the townspeople of Williamsburg as they exercise their right to participate in government. Learn how these citizens of a new nation define "government of the people."
May 30
4:45 PM
My Duty My Voice
Free elections are the cornerstone of American liberty. Come join with the townspeople of Williamsburg as they exercise their right to participate in government. Learn how these citizens of a new nation define "government of the people."
Handicap AccessibilityFour wide stone steps to a platform, one additional step into building; wide entrance door.