Family Alert: Fun Ahead! Meet our animals, play colonial games, and experience family life in the 18th century.
There's something for the entire family in Patriots at Play, at the Geddy House. Create memorable experiences as you participate in the daily activities of the home of the Geddys, a prospering trades home. Activities change regularly with the rhythm of an average 18th-century day. Discover a variety of interactive, sensory, and fun opportunities for families throughout the Geddy Site.
Visit the home of one of America's most prominent families and examine the stark contrasts of freedom and slavery. Gain a deeper knowledge of how the institution of slavery shaped America's enduring story, discovering how the enslaved members of the household struggled to find their own roads to freedom.
Enter the years immediately before the Revolution and experience the grandeur of royal government in Virginia just before its collapse. Feel the tension between the rulers and the ruled in this revolutionary time as the British government's authority was increasingly questioned. Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. From the large display of period swords and guns to the elegant décor and grand ballroom, the Palace was built to impress.
During the summer and spring, brickmakers mold and dry thousands of bricks. Help out by taking off your shoes and stomping clay with your bare feet! In the fall, see the bricks you helped create bake in a giant, wood-fired oven. As you tour the town, keep an eye out for masons using these bricks on a variety of projects.
Carpentery was one of the most common trades in Williamsburg. Watch our experts use hand tools to transform trees into lumber, cut and raise heavy timber building frames, and enclose new structures with siding and roofing.
When English imports were cut off by the Revolution, local weavers came forward to fill the need for everyday items. Watch how flax, cotton, and wool are converted from tangled masses into orderly, precise fabrics - ranging from simple linens for shirts and shifts to blankets, towels, dyed wool for needlework, and stout woolens for military uniforms.
Everyone loves a haunted tale! Bring the entire family for all of the phantom fun with none of the nightmares. Enjoy this 45-minute ghost tour of traditional spooky stories with a Colonial Williamsburg flavor.
Explore the palace home of Virginia's last royal governor on this interactive visit. This tour focuses on the governor's family and their time at the Palace, and is best suited for families with young children (grades pre-K through 6). Space is limited. A free-reservation ticket is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Exclusively for Annual, Good Neighbor, and Collegiate Passholders, and guests staying at Colonial Williamsburg Hotels.
Bring the family and follow Prince, a carved wooden dog, as he explores the countryside full of animals in paintings, sculpture and toys.Learn More
Known as "The Toy Workshop of the World," Germany dominated the 19th-century toy market. This exhibition features a colorful variety of 19th-century German wooden toys from dolls and soldiers to arks and animals.Learn More
The distinctive collections of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are located under one roof.
The fun doesn't end just because the sun sets. Whether you're looking for some drama or to be spooked, there's something to entertain you.