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It is not known exactly when the Finnie House was built, but a house of the same shape is depicted on the 1782 Frenchman’s Map.  Located on the south side of Francis Street, the house is named after Quartermaster General Colonel William Finnie who lived there during the American Revolution. In a letter written in …

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By Lisa O. Monroe

Becoming a bookbinder seemed like a natural choice for Bruce Plumley. Both of his parents were bookbinders.

But he and his parents didn’t imagine that he would hone his skills to that of an elite artist at a world-class level. In fact, Plumley has twice won a top international bookbinding prize, and has …

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In the year 1737 the late John Custis, member of the Governor’s Council and renowned amateur horticulturist, received from Peter Collinson of Mill Hill, London, seeds for a most remarkable plant.

Cucumis flexuosus

Mr. Custis responded to the present: “the seeds of the long cucumber you sent me; I planted but none came up; I …

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Victoria working at the Bray School Site.

Each summer Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary offer two 5-week sessions of an Archaeological Field Methods course.  For the last 3 years the field school has been focused on the Bray Site, a 1760s school for African-American children. This week, we have asked Victoria Gum to write about …

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A temporary exhibition at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offers a singular perspective on America’s silvermaking tradition. Titled “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate,” the collection showcases 40 rare and beautiful pieces selected from the collection of Paul and Elissa Cahn.

This week on the podcast, Curator Janine Skerry describes the collection as an exquisitely-crafted historical …

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The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums – also known as the Field Music of the Virginia State Garrison Regiment – carries forward the tradition of military music. Since 1958, visitors in The Revolutionary City have enjoyed the musical performances and experienced the history of America’s Revolution.

Colonial Williamsburg’s field musicians are drawn from a waiting list …

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