Fine furniture, exquisite art exhibits, and some of America's first interior designs.
Enter the years immediately before the Revolution and experience the grandeur of royal government in Virginia just before its collapse. Feel the tension between the rulers and the ruled in this revolutionary time as the British government's authority was increasingly questioned. Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. From the large display of period swords and guns to the elegant décor and grand ballroom, the Palace was built to impress.
Visit the home of Thomas Everard, a wealthy planter and civic leader. One of the oldest houses in Williamsburg, the Everard House is furnished with 18th-century antiques and was meticulously restored to its early appearance.
Take part in the daily activities of the Geddys, a family of gunsmiths, cutlers, founders, and silversmiths. Activities change regularly the rhythm of an average 18th-century day to provide a variety of interactive, sensory, and fun opportunities to engage with the past in and around an original building.
"Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade," in the McCarl Gallery features over twenty rare, colorful and pictorial Navajo weavings created by anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition showcases a variety of pictorial designs, materials, and symbolic imagery. The earliest object is a man's traditional wearing blanket from about 1860. Later weavings from the early 20th century began to depict the influence of the Anglo world including the incorporation of trains, American flags, and livestock.Learn More
When most people look at furniture, they admire the craftsmanship of the cabinetmaker. But the look and function of seating furniture often hinged on the talent of another trade – that of the upholsterer.Learn more
For the first time, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum will feature an exhibition on the art of hooking and sewing rugs, featuring about twenty hooked and sewn rugs.
Join us for an in-depth tour of 18th- and early 19th-century furniture including rare baroque, rococo and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, desks and upholstered pieces.
Buttons decoratively wrapped in silk or mohair threads commonly adorned men’s garments throughout the 18th century. Make one for yourself.