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October 10, 2011

Carve a Great Pumpkin this Year with One of Colonial Williamsburg’s Patterns

Carve images from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area into your jack-o’-lanterns this fall. Designs of an 18th-century lady and gentleman on the dance floor, historic buildings and even the faces of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson can line the porch of your house this Halloween.

Colonial Williamsburg’s website offers 18th-century-inspired patterns for pumpkin carving, and there are 27 revolutionary designs to choose from including a cannon, a cresset, stocks, a pineapple, the 18th-century symbol of hospitality, and the “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” gallows. Patterns and carving instructions can be downloaded from

An image of candlelit pumpkins also can be used as computer screen wallpaper and can be downloaded from the same page at

Send the Revolutionary spirit to friends and family through seasonal ePostcards. To e-mail a card, visit and choose from a selection of autumnal designs, including jack-o’-lanterns.

Downloads of the pumpkin patterns, wallpaper and ePostcards are free.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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