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December 10, 2009

Families get their hands on history this holiday season

Entertainment and education connect at Colonial Williamsburg’s Benjamin Powell House. Families can Get Your Hands on History! from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 28-Jan. 2, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 25. Everyone can participate in various games, puzzles and household chores in this original 18th-century building and participate in activities that demonstrate a daily routine throughout the home.

Wedding preparations bring the house to life. Haste to the Wedding: “My Character of a Good Wife” centers on Hannah Powell as she learns the duties and activities of a housewife. Learn about cooking, embroidering and other household projects that coincide with the mid-18th-century culture. The program is offered 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12-13, Dec. 19-20 and Dec. 26-27.

Dancing At Home is a great way to learn some new dance moves. Since Hannah Powell is getting married, everyone will want to know how to dance for the wedding. Colonial Williamsburg dance mistress Marci Wright teaches guests with the assistance of junior interpreters from 2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 13, 20 and 27.

Any Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area Admission pass provides access to these family programs.

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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