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September 11, 2009

CW's Historic Area has a haunted history to tell

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

Ghosts Amongst Us allows guests to enter sites known for their supernatural inhabitants during the one-hour walking tour. This evening program now is available Mondays through Saturdays through Nov. 26. The program is not appropriate for young audiences.

During Crime and Punishment, step back in time and meet three people from the past who are intimately familiar with the crimes and punishments of colonial justice. Guests hear of sentences handed down from 18th-century Virginia courts and decide for themselves how effective they were. The program will be held Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 24. The program is not appropriate for young audiences.

During the program, Cry Witch, guests can question the witnesses, weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of the “Virginia witch,” Grace Sherwood, who was tried for witchcraft in 1706. The program can be seen through Nov. 26.

Lanthorn Tours allow guests to experience the magic of the Historic Area by candlelight while 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 through Thursday, Nov. 26.

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

Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia examines how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their New England neighbors throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries during the lecture with Carson Hudson 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. 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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