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Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality instructional materials to help you teach students about life in early America, including the following:

Williamsburg Before and AfterWILLIAMSBURG BEFORE AND AFTER
by George Humphrey Yetter

Fascinating and highly readable, Williamsburg Before and After combines the history of the town of Williamsburg with stories of the people who lived here during the Foundation’s early years. There is also a detailed building-by-building account of the restoration. Fascinating before and after pictures offer a glimpse into Williamsburg’s pre-restoration past and its vibrant present. Hardbound, 200 pages, $26.95. Available through

A Link Among the DaysA LINK AMONG THE DAYS

The Reverend Dr. W.A. R. Goodwin is the man whose vision resulted in the restoration of Williamsburg. A Link Among the Days is the story of how Goodwin looked past the decay of the city’s colonial homes and the eyesores of early 20th-century Williamsburg and imagined a glorious future dedicated to the past. It’s also the story of how the modest Rector of Bruton Parish Church convinced John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to finance the restoration and bring his vision to life. The result is Colonial Williamsburg, the realization of an American Dream, a link among the days of a nation’s past, its present and its future. Running time 32 minutes, $19.95. Available through

Forged in Wood: Building Anderson's Blacksmith ShopFORGED IN WOOD: BUILDING ANDERSON'S BLACKSMITH SHOP

James Anderson was a blacksmith and entrepreneur whose shop grew into a small industrial complex just off of the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg. For Colonial Williamsburg the problem in interpreting this important business was that nothing remained of the shop but some traces of a foundation. Detective work by historians, archaeologists, and architectural historians provided the plans, and Colonial Williamsburg’s carpenters did the rest. They built a new eighteenth-century building using the same tools, materials, and skills as their colonial counterparts, and transformed the construction into a hands-on adventure in history for visitors. Running time 32 minutes, $19.95. Available through

by Hugh Howard

Colonial Houses relates the stories of the restoration projects that gave new life to thirteen classic colonials such as the Peyton Randolph House, the George Wythe House, the James Geddy House, and the Tayloe House. This volume covers large and elegant homes along with equally charming smaller houses, some of which are open to visitors while others are rarely shown private examples. Hardbound, 128 pages, $24.95. Available through