Explore early American material culture including the world's larges collection of southern furniture, fine portraiture, and lavish interiors.
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.Learn More
John D. Rockefeller Jr. was the financial power that made the Colonial Williamsburg restoration possible. Furnished in the 1930s and 1940s with folk art, 18th-century antiques, and 20th-century accessories, each room of Bassett Hall reveals what made this one of the Rockefellers' favorite retreats.Learn More
How were men's shoes made 250 years ago, before modern factories and assembly lines? Come meet some the last few shoemakers who work entirely by hand and watch them make everyday and fancy footwear.
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.
Made Just for You – Fashionable, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, including traditionally-made accouterments created by our very own silversmiths just next door. Choose from earrings, pendants, charms, precious gemstone rings, and more. Hand-engraving is available. Relish knowing that these items will soon be family heirlooms.
18th-Century Gifts and Goods by Tradesmen - The Prentis Store showcases wares constructed using techniques of the 18th century. Available items include handcrafted leather goods, iron hardware, tools, reproduction furniture, and pottery. Also shop men’s colonial clothing, and Native American crafts.
Come explore our iconic Craft House, where we celebrate “yesterday inspiring today,” with a wide variety of folk art, gifts, personal accessories and jewelry made by modern artisans and tradesmen. Updated classics come to life in our exclusive dinnerware and tabletop patterns, a dream come true for any wedding registry. Even better: personalize for that special someone (including yourself), with hand-engraving.