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In two early Reconstruction Blog posts, architectural historian Carl Lounsbury described the market day scene: what you might see, hear, and smell, and how markets functioned in 18th century towns. Architectural conservator Matt Webster then walked us through the process of calculating quantities, and producing (by hand) the materials needed to reconstruct Williamsburg’s Market House. But …

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While I was away last week Williamsburg experienced the first hard frost of the season, the temperature falling to20 degrees on Mr. Fahrenheit’s scale.

This weather is somewhat cooler than is normal at this time of year but not entirely unexpected for the vagaries of the weather are like the whims of a spoiled maiden, ever …

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By Paul Aron

The choice of the eagle as our national symbol did not please everyone, especially since the eagle was traditionally an aristocratic and military symbol as well as a republican one. Most famously, in a 1784 letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache, Benjamin Franklin derided the eagle:

I wish the bald eagle had not been …

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Saturday bestowed its highest honor for public service, leadership and stewardship, the Churchill Bell, on Chairman Emeritus and former President and CEO Colin G. Campbell and his wife, Nancy N. Campbell.

The Campbells are only the 12th recipient of the award, first given in 1992 and reserved for those who exemplify engaged …

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has embarked on a $600-million campaign to both reinforce and reimagine its role in the 21st century as a leader in history education and historical preservation.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss speaks Saturday during the announcement of $600-million Campaign for History and Citizenship.

Since its restoration began …

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The Great Oak in 1994

In 1926, the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin of Bruton Parish Church showed Bassett Hall to visiting philanthropist and Standard Oil heir John D. Rockefeller Jr. Goodwin wanted to persuade  Rockefeller of the value of restoring Colonial Williamsburg.

Of particular interest to Rockefeller was the Great Oak, a huge old tree that …

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