More than half of 18th-century Williamsburg residents were African American. Almost all were enslaved. Join us during Black History Month as we explore the stories of those who lived, loved, and strove to create a better future for themselves and the next generation.
Whether they were transforming domestic hobbies into successful careers, pounding smoldering metal in blacksmith shops, or shaping the course of the nation, women played important—and unexpected roles—in Colonial Williamsburg. Join us throughout March for special programming as we celebrate and examine the lives and relationships of these women during Women's History Month.
Throughout 2019 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation commemorates 40 years of African-American historical interpretation, inviting guests and the community to experience spotlighted programming, a series of community conversations on the past, present and future of the Foundation’s work, and a special exhibition in remembrance of the African-American men and women of Williamsburg who helped forge the nation.
Join us on May 3, 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, and fireworks. All guests are encouraged to wear 18th-century attire (costumes and accessories available for purchase at the Mary Dickinson Shop and Market House). Must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Join the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums as well as other fife and drum units from across the United States for a stirring display of music. Explore the important roles played by fifers and drummers in programs featuring Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes and Drums, alumni, and corps visiting from across the nation.
There's no better place to celebrate our nation's birth than on historic Duke of Gloucester Street. Enjoy a full day of patriotic festivities, including public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, hands-on activities for the kids, and a dazzling fireworks display to cap the evening.