Turns out not everyone likes to follow the rules. If you’re one of those people—someone with a little bit of an independent streak who likes to stray from the standard route, the Renegade Tour might just be to your liking….
“What’s your favorite song?” Marvin asks a guest after inviting him to take a turn grinding corn in the yard behind the Randolph House. It’s one of many unexpected surprises guests will encounter in the reimagined Historic Area….
On March 14, 1818, 74-year old Thomas Jefferson put quill to paper to answer a query from Nathaniel Burwell: his thoughts on how to give a young woman “a liberal and accomplished education.”…
On this day—March 8—in 1946, just months after the end of the Second World War, two unmistakable figures stepped off the train together just behind the Governor’s Palace….
On this day in history, in 1770, the Boston Massacre, a major milestone on the road to revolution, took place. The first published report in Williamsburg came three weeks later, with rumors in William Rind’s Virginia Gazette of a “fray” resulting in British soldiers being driven out of town by angry inhabitants. By the next issue, new details painted a more somber picture, and the incident was already being referred to as a “massacre.”
February 22, 2007. The conversion of the Public Gaol was already well underway when Colonial Williamsburg historian—and newly-minted historical film consultant—Cathy Hellier arrived on the set. Just the evening before she had been assigned to help out with the filming of HBO’s “John Adams,” the acclaimed seven-episode series based on David McCullough’s biography of our second president….
There hasn’t been a Virginian in the White House since Woodrow Wilson a century ago, but back in the day a stream of Old Dominion natives held the nation’s highest office. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe: from 1789 until 1821, only the second president, Massachusetts’ John Adams, interrupted the Virginia dynasty….
Last Friday, Ivor Noël Hume, who profoundly influenced the field of historical archaeology and inspired generations of students both casual and professional, passed away at 89. Over the course of his three-decade career at Colonial Williamsburg, he was a prolific and talented writer and speaker, and revered for modernizing archaeological methodology and for landmark discoveries, in particular the 17th-century Wolstenholme Towne site at Carter’s Grove….
Join us in February as we celebrate Black History Month with a full schedule of special tours, programs, films, and more. Although we tell these stories throughout the year, the special focus this month allows us to appreciate just how far we’ve come—and how far we still have to go….
A foot of snow fell on Williamsburg Saturday, the largest one-day accumulation since the record was set in 1980. While the kids rejoiced over school’s cancellation and neighbors started to dig out their driveways, I dipped into the archives to see how recent experience compared to 18th-century Virginia winters….