From our special little lamb Edmund who stole the hearts of so many, to the nostalgic resurrection of America’s favorite doll Felicity, to the unexpected controversy over 18th-century necklines—it was a memorable year, to say the least, for the Making History Team. Here’s what you, our readers, found the most interesting of all the topics we covered….
We are happy to announce exciting changes are underway in the Historic Area—ones we hope will make your next visit an even more memorable one! Beginning in March 2017, the life of the town will be drawn into a tighter circle, allowing you to more quickly immerse yourself in our vibrant colonial community….
For years, people have been asking how they could see our amazing (and many-Emmy-award-winning) electronic field trips if they missed the television broadcast or weren’t a subscribing school. Beginning today, you can see 27, as well as hundreds of other educational resources. For free….
If a visit to Colonial Williamsburg is a trip back in time, when exactly is that time? We use shorthand terms so often—18th century, Revolutionary City, colonial America—that it’s easy to collapse a complex era into a kind of moment. But the Historic Area is made up of many moments over many years, and so are the buildings….
This is a post I’ve been itching to write. Over the course of about 15 years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make sense of visiting Colonial Williamsburg. It’s a museum like Central Park is a town green. I’ve made my share of mistakes, and I’ve seen a lot more. Since I love this place, and I want all our guests to share that appreciation, I’d like to offer my observations about what sometimes goes wrong, and how to make it right. …
We received more than 200 entries in this year’s Sheep Week naming contest. Everyone had ideas for the first lambs of the season—adorable and spunky twin girls. In the end, our guest judges came to an almost unanimous decision……
Some of you may have heard that last Tuesday, during a regularly scheduled Rare Breeds talk behind Wetherburn’s Tavern, guests got a bit of a surprise! They were able to witness a live birth of not one, but two lambs. And one of the twins is turning out to be a very special, little guy….
More than two decades ago, the first Leicester Longwool Sheep arrived in the Revolutionary City, and since then, Colonial Williamsburg has worked hard to preserve them. I spoke to Layne Anderson with Coach & Livestock about the breeding and birthing process needed to keep this particular type of sheep alive….
From lambs and chicks to the vibrant splashes of color exploding in our more than 30 historic gardens—spring has arrived here in the colonial capital! While we’re unsure if and how this week’s frost will affect our blooms (we’ll keep you posted!), we can offer you a glimpse at how these gardens usually look and why they are considered must-sees for many employees and loyal guests….
If you fell for our April Fools’ Day gag…you’re in good company! It’s all in jest, of course. As George Washington wrote in 1786, “it is assuredly better to go laughing than crying thro’ the rough journey of life.” …