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October 9, 2007

CW Web site posts spooky podcasts in October

Colonial Williamsburg’s comprehensive Web site, or, offers scary podcasts in October when the popular "Cry Witch" airs over two successive weeks.

"Cry Witch" is a drama that re-creates the 1706 Virginia trial of Grace Sherwood, who faces her accusers today in the candlelit general courtroom of the Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Introduced by former NBC correspondent Lloyd Dobyns, the first podcast on Oct. 22 provides testimony of witnesses who accuse Sherwood of being a witch. The verdict is announced in the Oct. 29 podcast, but listeners can evaluate the evidence and decide for themselves if the voice they hear is that of a witch. The punishment for this felony is death.

Posted weekly, Colonial Williamsburg’s podcasts include conversations between Dobyns and a variety of individuals, including character interpreters or experts in archaeology, gardening, animal husbandry, architecture, folk art, historic trades and many other subjects. Colonial Williamsburg’s podcasts are available by listening to audio files directly from the Web site on a computer or by downloading to an mp3 player to enjoy later. The podcasts are available at

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 tradespeople 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. 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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