Here’s a stumper for you: Why is Colonial Williamsburg’s Magazine shaped like an octagon?…
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – Colin G. Campbell, Colonial Williamsburg’s president and chief executive officer, received the Chautauqua Institution President’s Medal, recognizing his contributions to the unique educational center’s mission of lifelong learning.
Campbell received the medal Monday. He is only the 29th recipient of the award, first issued in 1974 as the Centennial Medal to honor individuals who reflect Chautauqua’s spirit and purpose and who give back to the organization through their energies and resources….
One of the 88 original buildings, the Greenhow Brick Office stands just off Market Square. It was known by legend as the “Debtor’s Prison” although it does not appear to have been built for that purpose. Evidence shows that the building was probably designed as a dwelling or a shop….
Williamsburg celebrates Independence Day exactly the way John Adams wanted to, just on a different day. The Second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 2. The next day, Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
The final version passed on July 4, a day whose symbolism would only increase after Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died exactly 50 years later. Today “solemn acts of devotion” clearly take a back seat to cookouts and fireworks, but how did Williamsburg mark the day in the nation’s early years?…
The Common Glory, an outdoor symphonic drama, was staged at the Lake Matoaka amphitheater on the campus of the College of William and Mary from 1946 until 1976….
The fireworks show was a dud.
The scene: Williamsburg, 1702.
The occasion: The death of King William III.
The monarch’s passing inspired a tribute that included music, cannonades and a lights show like the colonial capital had never seen. All was well until the master of ceremonies who was supposed to light the fireworks instead ignited a container filled with them….
By Bill Sullivan
What Revolutionary War personality would you like to have dinner with?…
Timson House, one of the earliest structures in Williamsburg, is located on the northwest corner of Prince George and Nassau Streets. It is an example of a modest, one-room house, the type of structure inhabited by most Virginians in the colonial period. Sometime after the middle of the eighteenth century, the one-story west shed was added to the house….
June 17 is the anniversary of the first major military engagement of the American Revolution, the Battle of Bunker Hill. On a clear day in Boston in 1775, British forces made a third and successful attempt to dislodge Patriot militia holding Breed’s Hill.