Founders or Traitors
Not all colonists were ready to follow their leaders into revolution. Interpreters Steve Holloway and John Hamant debate in character as John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
The noble tradition of the fifes and drums is celebrated May 18-20 during Drummer's Call.
New vignettes reveal revolutionary citizens from different angles, explains Bill Weldon, Colonial Williamsburg's manager of public history.
Anthropologist to the Past
Distinguished Visiting Professor Rhys Isaac's 1970 encounter with Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area set the course for his career.
Music Suited to a Lady
Colonial ladies played instruments that showed their graceful features to the best advantage, and they never showed their elbows. Music Interpreter Jane Hanson explains.
Colonial Children's Dance
Youth interpreters in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area enliven parlors and stages with dancing demonstrations. Kelly McEvoy details the colonial pastime.
The Gunpowder Plot
Add your shouts to the clamor for revolution in Colonial Williamsburg's evening program, "The Gunpowder Plot." Author Gina DeAngelis explains.
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.