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June 17, 2008

Young guests learn about folk art during "Abby's Art" at Colonial Williamsburg's Bassett Hall

"Abby’s Art” gears up for summer at Bassett Hall from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, June 20-Aug. 29. Guests can tour the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and admire the variety of folk art Abby chose for the home.

The entire family can create their own piece of folk art – a theorem – to take home. These theorems take the form of stenciled still life pictures done with colored pencils on paper. Historically, theorems were often still life pictures painted in velvet.

A Colonial Williamsburg ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides access to this program.

Bassett Hall guests also are able to tour the mansion and outbuildings that include a teahouse, smokehouse, kitchen and dairy. The house is located in a 585-acre tract of land on the periphery of Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned Historic Area.

Bassett Hall is located at 522 E. Francis St. and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays.

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 for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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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