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July 31, 2009

Colonial Williamsburg’s evening programs examine 18th-century Virginians fascination with myths, mysteries and legends

Discover the favorite haunts of residents of the 18th-century colonial capital during Colonial Williamsburg’s fall evening programs.

During the one-hour walking tour, Ghosts Amongst Us, guests enter sites known for their supernatural inhabitants and meet Colonial Williamsburg ghosts who still roam the town today. The program meets at Greenhow Lumber House at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 and Mondays-Saturdays, Aug. 31-Nov. 26. Not appropriate for young audiences.

Step back in time and meet three people from the past who are intimately familiar with the crimes and punishments of colonial justice and who may be ghosts or may be real. During the walking tour, Crime and Punishment, guests hear of sentences handed down from 18th-century Virginia courts and decide for themselves how effective they were. The program meets at the Secretary’s Office at 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45 and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, Friday, Sept. 4 and Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 24. Not appropriate for young audiences.

Guests can vote on the guilt or innocence of Grace Sherwood, who was tried for witchcraft in 1706. During the program, Cry Witch, guests can question the witnesses, weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of the “Virginia witch.” The program can be seen at the Capitol at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 10, Oct. 31 and Nov. 26, and 7:30 and 9 p.m., Sept. 1-5, 9, 11-12, 15, 18, 19, 24-26, 28, 30 and Oct. 2-3, 5, 6-9, 13-30, Nov. 3-25, and at 7:30 and 9 p.m. at the Capitol and Courthouse on Oct. 26. Not appropriate for young audiences.

During Lanthorn Tours, guests can experience the magic of the Historic Area by candlelight by exploring the Historic Trades shops of 18th-century Williamsburg’s most accomplished tradespeople. Nearly half of the population of Williamsburg in the 1770s worked with their hands to provide the goods and services sought by 18th-century Virginians. Visit four shops and learn about masters, journeymen and apprentices, the technology of the trades and the circumstances that shaped Virginia’s economy. This program can be seen at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 2- Nov. 25, Sept. 4-5, Sundays, Sept. 6-27, Fridays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, Saturdays, Oct. 3- Nov. 21 and Sundays, Oct. 4-Nov. 22 and Thursday, Nov. 26.

A separate ticket is required for these programs. For more information on ticket prices and reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit

Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries during the lecture Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides admission to the lecture.
Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724.

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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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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