Outfitting an Army
The Powder Magazine stood ready to arm soldiers against the oppressors of the age. Historic interpreter Chris Geist details the building's purpose.
A Laden Table
A table crowded with local game, seafood, custards and savories is a feast of gratitude. Journeyman Rob Brantley describes the dishes.
Holiday celebrations culminate with Twelfth Night revelries.
Good as new isn't always as good as old. Curator John Watson talks about conservation at Colonial Williamsburg.
Smart as an Ox
Bovine behemoths boast brains and brawn. Oxman Darin Tschopp describes these beasts of burden.
The Bray School
A historic headmistress devotes her days to educating enslaved children. Interpreter Antoinette Brennan shares the biography of Ann Wager.
Colonial Weapons System
As important as the cannon is the vehicle to carry it: a two-wheeled cart that transports, supports, and stores the weapon and its accoutrements. Wheelwright John Boag has the task of construction.
The town is rendered in gingerbread once a year at Colonial Williamsburg. Executive Pastry Chef Joe Sciegaj oversees the construction.
The Native Tongue
Native tribes and colonizers began a dialogue without a word in common. Buck Woodard describes the early exchanges.
African American Programs at 30
African American programming adapts through the decades. Harvey Bakari outlines the goals of interpreting Williamsburg's enslaved population.
Education for Citizenship, Part Two
Citizen participation is as vital to democracy today as it was at the dawn of our nation, says Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President Colin Campbell.
Journeyman cook Jim Gay explains that Americans' love of chocolate dates back to the beginning.
Slavery gains a foothold in the American colonies as early as 1619. In the years that follow, laws and resistance grow around the institution with equal determination. Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander discusses slavery's early path.
Spies of the 18th Century
The means have changed, but the end is the same. Interpreter Jay Templin describes the tactics of information gathering.
In Their Own Words
Old sources give fresh voice to slavery's story. Manager of African American programs Tricia Brooks explains how we know what we know.
Foreign tools and family treasures came to America like stowaways in immigrants' baggage. Trish Balderson retraces migration's story through museum objects.
Zooarchaeologist Joanne Bowen decodes 400-year-old leftovers.
Purpose-Built: Backyard Architecture
Backyard structures bespeak a separate history. Author Mike Olmert shares his study of outbuildings.
The Code Duello
Rules and ceremony govern this gentlemen's contest. Mark Schneider describes the Code Duello.
Ghosts Amongst Us
A chilling specter of the 18th century reaches its icy grasp to the present day. Hear the story of Moses Riggs, a man possessed.