American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont
April 01 - December 31
This exhibition in the Elizabeth Ridgely and Miodrag Blagojevich Gallery highlights pieces from Read on
Exhibition Opening - Tramp Art
September 29 - September 07
Explore this intriguing art form through the study of five objects ranging from a seven-foot-tall Read on
Changing Keys: From Harpsichord to Pianoforte
November 22 - September 07
Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century in this exhibition of Read on
January 01 - December 31
Take a 30-minute orientation walk that will help you plan your visit. Get the latest information on Read on
Come to Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and embark on a revolutionary adventure. Revolutionary City invited you to step into the lives of Williamsburg's everyday citizens facing extraordinary circumstances. Listen. Learn. Debate. Understand.
Experience how things were done in the 18th century and become an active participant. Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of activities that lets you experience firsthand what it was like to live during the 18th century. Talk with the town's tradespeople, join in the debates at the Capitol, speak with a slave or join a jury of your peers and decide the guilt or innocence or a thief.
Colonial Williamsburg provides a surprise at every turn. Talk with "People of the Past" who bring the restored capital to life. Walk into the building where the events took place, from the ornate splendor of the Governor's Palace to the simplicity of the Raleigh Tavern, where Jefferson, Henry and other Virginia patriots plotted a revolution, to the Gaol where Blackbeard's men were imprisoned. Lend a hand at Great Hopes Plantation or take home a living piece of the past from Colonial Williamsburg's nursery. Dine in a colonial tavern and feast on the finest Virginia recipes. Watch as carpenters reconstruct buildings using 18th-century methods and tools. Take a candlelight tour and hear the legends that have intrigued generations or see a play based on a true story of an accused witch in "Cry Witch."
The innovative, interactive Revolutionary City connects guests to the emotional and philosophical climate of the American Revolution. Hear how citizens struggle with wartime price gouging by merchants. Engage in an argument over taxation or women's rights. See how tensions bring out the worst in people as an angry citizenry demands a traitor to be tarred and feathered.
From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political, social and cultural capital of Britain's largest, wealthiest and most populous colony. In its shops, taverns, government buildings, homes and streets George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and other Virginia patriots debated the ideas - liberty, independence and personal freedom - that led to the founding of American democracy and inspired generations of Americans and others around the world.
More than a dozen 18-century trades are preserved and demonstrated in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. Bakers, printers, blacksmiths, wigmakers, harnessmakers, cabinetmakers, pewterers, gunsmiths, milliners, coopers and other tradespeople demonstrate the daily work of colonists in the 1700s.
Take your children to the James Geddy House and Foundry where they can learn about colonial life and household activities from costumed interpreters their own age. They might even be invited to try writing with a quill pen, playing the spinet or mastering an 18th-century game.
Looking for something to do indoors? Explore the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and discover three centuries of whimsical and intriguing paintings, sculpture, furniture, weather vanes, whirligigs, quilts and more created by self-taught artists. Browse the display of American and British antiques and works of art at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, including furniture, textiles, paintings, maps, firearms, ceramics, silver, pewter and tools from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Or, tour Bassett Hall and learn how the Rockefeller family lived while they oversaw the original restoration of Colonial Williamsburg and later vacationed in town during the 1930s and 1940s.
Experience fine dining, colonial style. Menu items at Christiana Campbell's, Chowning's, King's Arms and Shields taverns include 18th-century fare adapted to today's palate. Or, if you prefer, treat your taste buds to more modern offerings in Colonial Williamsburg's contemporary restaurants, where unique menus make dining revolutionary.
Relax and unwind as your discover Colonial Williamsburg and its array of world-class amenities including 1,051 beautifully appointed guest rooms, 45 holes of award-winning golf, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, dining, tennis, biking, lawn bowling, croquet, swimming and much more - all just a short walk away from one of America's most beautiful and historic main streets.
Colonial Williamsburg is a convenient and relaxing base camp for other historical sites, museums and attractions in Virginia's Historic Triangle.
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