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Archaeology plays a role in many research areas at Colonial Williamsburg, but it is an especially important component in our interpretation of slavery and African American history. Through its focus on the tangible remains of a people whose past is largely underrepresented in documents, archaeology is opening a wider window for us to examine the …

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Two of the garden giants are now in bloom.

The Cup Plant, known in Latin as Silphium perfoliatum towers nearly 12 feet tall at the back of the herbaceous border.  It is so named because the large triangular leaves are perforated by the stem, forming a cup in which water collects for the benefit of …

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By Karen Gonzalez

The date: June 12, 1783.

The place: Williamsburg, Va.

Imagine that your child suddenly develops a high fever. Rumors of another smallpox epidemic are whispered in the streets and your neighbor also has a fever. What do you do? If word gets out that you have a sick child, you and your family may …

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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you; the color of the Historic Area is changing. Specifically, exterior paint colors are being re-examined with the aid of new technology. Gone are the familiar greens and blues of the Colonial Revival. Taking their place are earthy ochres, rusty reds, and creamy whites.

This week on the podcast, …

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By Toni Guagenti

Pirates and witches and ghosts, oh my!

In Revolutionary City, any time of year brings a thrilling tale of pirates on the prowl, witches on trial and ghosts on the loose.

Nightly events highlight all three for visitors who dare to find out more about Revolutionary War-era Virginia, and why life for colonists was rife …

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By Ben Swenson

Here’s a stumper for you: Why is Colonial Williamsburg’s Magazine shaped like an octagon?

Answer? Nobody is 100 percent sure. There are good guesses, but Alexander Spotswood, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722 and likely architect of the Magazine, never wrote down his muse.

In the late 19th century, the Magazine …

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