They may not have been finger-snapping, beret-wearing beatniks, but early Virginians loved poetry all the same. Let’s explore some famous and obscure colonial poets in honor of April’s National Poetry Month….
In 1718, the first keeper of Williamsburg’s magazine, John Brush, decided to build a simple home for himself on the palace green….
By Karen Gonzalez
About 2,000 people gathered Saturday by the James River to witness the 400th anniversary of the wedding between Pocahontas and John Rolfe at Historic Jamestowne, Virginia. The weather was a sunny 65 degrees – perfect for an outdoor wedding….
By Claire Weaver
While he was building an addition to the governor’s palace in the mid 1750’s, Richard Taliaferro also found the time to design another brick house on the palace green for his daughter Elizabeth and her new husband, George Wythe (pronounced “with”). During the Revolutionary War, the Wythe home would also serve as a military headquarters for General George Washington as well as a residence for Thomas Jefferson when he came to Williamsburg as a Virginia General Assembly delegate in 1776….
I went to visit the Governor’s Palace to observe, now that it is unoccupied after Lord Dunmore’s hasty retreat, if the gardens have suffered in the current confusion.
By Bill Sullivan
Albie Sachs considers himself the most privileged man in the world, comparing his opportunities to shape his nation’s direction with America’s founders….
By Bill Sullivan
What’s it like to participate in a successful revolution? To write a new constitution? Albie Sachs, who helped to end apartheid and build a new democracy in South Africa, will present “The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Hennage Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow. The event is free and no ticket is required….
By Áine Cain
In the 1750s, a 26-year-old, up-and-coming tailor and merchant named Robert Nicolson built the Robert Nicolson House, a gambrel-roofed structure. He wasted no time settling down in Williamsburg. Nicolson set up a shop on Duke of Gloucester Street and married Mary Waters, and eventually the couple had seven children. The Nicolson brood included a future surgeon, mayor of Richmond, and a newspaper publisher….