A magician, newly arrived in the City of Williamsburg, who, to the great surprise and satisfaction of the publick, has hired out space at the courthouse to perform wonders beyond belief; the likes of which have never before been seen in this city.
Nation Builders at Colonial Williamsburg are extraordinary historical interpreters who portray real people of the past that contributed to our American story in a significant and remarkable way. Join one of them as they lead you to several places in town, and experience the 18th-century community of Williamsburg through the eyes of the historical figure they portray, as well as its echoes through time from the perspective of the 21st century interpreter. Using innovative interpretive styles, these charismatic performers and scholars will delight you and challenge you to think about our shared history in new ways.
Get into the spirit of 1776 this spring at the Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range. For just $76, participants will fire live rounds at a target from two different reproduction 18th-century flintlock firearms commonly used during the Revolutionary War, and learn about the history of the weapons. Discount valid March 1 – April 30, 2018. No promo code or coupon necessary.
Grab your tricorn hat and head to the Peyton Randolph Yard for Patriots at Play! This interactive program offers fun, hands-on activities that immerse children in 18th-century life.Learn More
Who fought fires in 18th-century Williamsburg? Anyone capable of carrying a bucket! Test your skills on our 18th-century replica fire engine, and get a glimpse of how communities worked together during an emergency.Learn More
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties and property come into contest. Our guests may take on roles as justices, attorneys, litigants, petitioners or defendants. See how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court. Not intended for young children due to subject matter.
Free and enslaved historical figures share reflections about living in a slave society and the Actor Interpreters bringing them to life explore the complexities of portraying the enslaved and the slave owners. Directly following, join the conversation about slavery, racism, and healing.
Celebrate Women's History Month throughout March with programming that provides insights into the lives of women from all social stations in colonial and Revolutionary Virginia, revealing their struggles and their aspirations. Each program is inspired by one or more period sources, either written by women, about women, or of significant relevance to 18th century women's lives.
Known as "The Toy Workshop of the World," Germany dominated the 19th-century toy market. This exhibition features a colorful variety of 19th-century German wooden toys from dolls and soldiers to arks and animals.Learn More
On a guided tour, learn about secret spaces sometimes constructed into special furniture. What was hidden inside drawers and partitions of desks, chests and cabinets--and how were the secrets revealed?Learn More
Join us on May 4 for an immersive 18th-century garden party at the Governor’s Palace. Hosted by President Thomas Jefferson, guests will enjoy traditional music, dancing, theatrics, games, libations, fireworks, and a special concert from Broadway legend Betty Buckley! All guests are encouraged to wear 18th-century attire (costumes available for purchase and rent). Must be at least 21 years old to attend.Learn More
Celebrate the traditions of 18th-century military music and explore the important roles played by fifers and drummers. Units from across the United States join Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes and Drums to perform grand displays of period music. You'll want to respond to the Drummers Call--a call beaten by the duty fifer and drummer to mass the regimental musicians for the playing of ceremonies such as Reveille, Retreat, and Tattoo.Learn More