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August 29, 2008

WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers features "Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution"

Local author Tony Williams will sign copies of his new book “Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution” on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 31 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Booksellers, 101 Visitor Center Dr.

“Hurricane of Independence” is the untold story of a violent storm at the birth of a nation. On September 2, 1775, the hurricane struck New Bern, N.C., killing 200. It would hit the important colonial capitals of Williamsburg, Annapolis, Philadelphia and on to New York City and Boston and northward to Newfoundland eventually killing some 4,000 people.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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