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
Jan. 27, 2017


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

Ticket Required?
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ticketCW Admission
About this Historic Site: Walking Tour

Upcoming Events at the Courthouse Events

Jan 28
11:00 AM
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.
Jan 31
11:00 AM
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.
Feb 1
11:00 AM
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.
Feb 2
11:00 AM
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.
Apr 1
2:00 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting and learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by residents of 18th-century Williamsburg. Weather permitting.
Apr 1
3:15 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting and learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by residents of 18th-century Williamsburg. Weather permitting.
Apr 8
2:00 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting and learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by residents of 18th-century Williamsburg. Weather permitting.
Apr 8
3:15 PM
Music in the Air
Enjoy informal music provided by 1-2 musicians in an outdoor setting and learn about the various musical styles enjoyed by residents of 18th-century Williamsburg. Weather permitting.
Handicap AccessibilityFour wide stone steps to a platform, one additional step into building; wide entrance door.