So your shopping is done (show-off!), the presents are wrapped, and the family is dangerously close to channel surfing. What to do? Why not spend part of your Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, with us? There’s a festive atmosphere, amazing decorations, and full slate of family-friendly activities on tap. Here’s a guide that might help….
A stolen hour in a quiet spot, somewhere near the edge of town. Rhythms pounded out on a djembe break the silence. “With the beat of this drum I call on the ancestors!” bellows Israel….
Like last year, much of the Historic Area will fall quiet during January as we take advantage of the shortest days of the year to tidy up, train staff, and get all our sheep in a row for spring. Here’s your guide to what is happening, what’s closed, and some of the work we’ll be doing behind the scenes….
Presumably it was one of Mr. Rockefeller’s junior employees who stepped into the Western Union office on that morning in early December. In all likelihood, neither he nor the telegraph operator had an inkling that the origin story of Colonial Williamsburg was passing through their hands….
People from all walks of life are drawn back to Williamsburg again and again because it represents a common bond of shared history and traditions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make some space for the new. Here’s a sampling of 2016 debuts and a few old favorites….
On Sunday, Dec. 4, we’ll be welcoming the season with Grand Illumination, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s most magical—and popular—evenings. We hope you’ll join us for the lights, music, and fireworks. Here are some tips to help you make the most of it!
Minutes from now our Brickmakers will put the year’s work to the torch, firing about 24,000 bricks in a kiln they built over the course of the last month. In the next few days, the heat will rise to about 2,000 degrees, and by Saturday night the giant oven’s metal doors will glow an eerie reddish-purple and, with smoke billowing from the top, the temporary edifice will begin to hum like an engine.
Last week Native peoples integral to early American history returned to Williamsburg in a symbolic reenactment of the visits of 18th-century diplomatic delegations. Relive this amazing event in pictures and video.