More than half of 18th-century Williamsburg residents were African American. Almost all were enslaved. Join us during Black History Month as we explore the stories of those who lived, loved, and strove to create a better future for themselves and the next generation.Find Out More
Planning a trip this year? The New York Times says Williamsburg should be on your calendar, naming the city in its list of 52 Places to Go in 2019.Find Out More
Planning a visit between January 2 and March 16, 2019? Check out our special winter discount on single-day, multi-day, and America's Historic Triangle tickets.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Dec. 27, 2018) – Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, the Art Museums, hotel, merchandise, recreation, and food and beverage operations remain open during winter 2019 with intermittent seasonal closures at some locations, while some Historic Area retail locations will permanently consolidate early in the year.
This overview tour will explore where the collections came from, and how the museums came to be.
Throughout 2019 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation commemorates 40 years of African-American historical interpretation, inviting guests and the community to experience spotlighted programming, a series of community conversations on the past, present and future of the Foundation’s work, and a special exhibition in remembrance of the African-American men and women of Williamsburg who helped forge the nation.
Try your hand at weaving in this 2-hr class for all levels of experience. You will learn some of the history behind weaving in Williamsburg at the time of the Revolution to spark your patriotic homespun spirit. This class is taught on pre-warped modern looms, on which you will be able to pass the shuttle back-and-forth to build up a cotton tea towel to take home. All the necessary supplies will be provided in this workshop, including care instructions for your handwoven towel.
Take your basic weaving knowledge to the next level with this 2-hour class. While this class is also open to those new to weaving, it is not for the faint of heart. During the workshop, an emphasis will be placed on the technical side of weaving. We’ll touch on the parts of the loom, comparing both 18th-century and modern looms, as well as the threading involved to create the variety of weave structures that will be used in the class. After reviewing the set up, each student will choose a weave structure, as well as yarn color(s), to design and weave a cotton tea towel of their very own creation. All the necessary supplies will be provided in this workshop, including care instructions for your handwoven towel.
This intensive weekend workshop offers multiple hands-on opportunities: weave on a loom, dye using natural dyestuffs over a fire, and embroider your handwoven cloth with your own hand-dyed yarn. No prior experience is required.This two-and-a-half day workshop will start with an optional behind-the-scenes tour with a textile curator to acquaint you with 18th-century embroidered objects found in Colonial Williamsburg’s textile collection.