March 10, 2014
The fame of the founding fathers has echoed through generations. Less known, though, are what we sometimes call the founding mothers: the women whose strength of personality, political intelligence, and social graces furthered the cause of independence as much as any men in uniform did.
This spring, Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City welcomes one such woman: Martha Jefferson. Married to Thomas Jefferson during the course of his political introduction and ultimate ascendancy, Martha was the pillar of his life. The two shared a strong bond, anchored by a love of music, books, and home.
No easy life was Martha’s; widowed at 20 …
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March 7, 2014
“Planting the Seeds of Citizenship” is the theme for the Spring 2013 Homeschooler Weekend Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16. The weekend will be filled with programming tailored for homeschooled students and their parents, beginning with introductory sessions at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor’s Center. Participants can attend any one of the sessions, where they’ll learn how to become an inhabitant of the town — interacting with people, navigating the Revolutionary City, what to see and do, even what to wear.
After an introductory kick-off, families have the whole weekend to visit the trade shops, houses, …
March 7, 2014
By Claire Weaver
Everyone knows Martha Washington. But what about Ann Wager? Or Emily Geiger? Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about extraordinary women of the 18th century. Whether they were comforting troops like Martha Washington or fighting in the Revolutionary War like Anne Maria Lane, these women refused to sit on the sidelines when they could be making their colony a better place.
March 6, 2014
Reconstruction of the Governor’s Palace began in 1930, according to “Williamsburg Before and After,” a book published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 1988. The Matthew Whaley School, at the head of the Palace green, had to be demolished so that the palace could be reconstructed on its original foundation.
During excavations, the walls of the original basement of the palace — constructed in the early 1700s — were found intact. Also remarkably preserved were the kitchen, stables, garden walks and a Revolutionary War cemetery.
The palace had been extensively remodeled …
March 5, 2014
Just how strong are the ties that bind the European Union? What lessons does the American experiment in federalism offer Europe? U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy headlines a group of renowned speakers on those issues during this month’s forum, “A Crisis and a Crossroads: A Dis-United or United States of Europe?”
The forum, to be held March 17-19, is the second collaboration between the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., and the Reves Center at the College of William and Mary.
Two sessions on March 18 are open to the general public. At …
March 5, 2014
The Cornelian Cherry (Cornus, mas) has come to bloom in the last week which is extraordinarily late, for its normal bloom time commences in late January. It is an English cousin to the American Dogwood (Cornus florida) and it is from this plant that our native dogwood gets its name. The common name of dogwood does not seem to refer to the canine at all but is more likely rooted in the Celtic word dag or dagge which became dagger in common usage. It alludes to the very hard, fine grained wood that was used for fashioning stakes used by …