Did you know colonialists often wore bright colors and patterns? Explore the world of 18th-century fashion and style.
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.
Visit the Everard House, one of the oldest houses in Williamsburg, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018. Discover the rags-to-riches story of Thomas Everard, who arrived from London as an orphaned apprentice and became a wealthy planter and civic leader. Furnished with 18th-century antiques, the house has been meticulously restored to its early appearance. The kitchen and smokehouse are also original buildings.
Step back into the time of the Stamp Act and learn about the fashionable world of the coffeehouse, where Williamsburg's citizens and visitors met to share news, transact business, and debate politics. Meet people of the past and converse over coffee, tea, or velvety chocolate - prepared in the 18th-century manner.
Open through 2018. A never before exhibited superlative collection of printed textiles that range in date from the late 17th century into the 19th century.Learn More
Drop in to get a closer look at the exhibit "Printed Fashions." Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine printed clothing and household textiles from Colonial Williamsburg's collections.Learn More
Throughout the 18th Century, artists have depicted cats and especially monkeys wearing clothing in portraits, often playing the role of humans, mirroring the actions, foibles, and follies of human beings.
Buttons decoratively wrapped in silk or mohair threads commonly adorned men’s garments throughout the 18th century. Make one for yourself.
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.