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Jan 30
2012

Town Gunsmith

The gun is part of America's creation story. Gunsmith George Suiter describes the technology of this potent tool.

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Nov 21
2011

Woodworking in Williamsburg

Master cabinetmaker Mack Headley makes fine furniture in the plain and neat Virginia style.

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Nov 14
2011

A Method for Madness

Doctors treating madness in 1773 embraced methods like bleeding, vomiting, restraint and intimidation. Interpreter Donna Wolf researched the topic for her program, "A Method for Madness."

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May 2
2011

Immortal Bricks and Mortar

Buildings bear silent witness to the history that happens inside them. Conservator Matt Webster makes sure structures live to tell their tales.

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Apr 11
2011

Model Prison Architecture

Williamsburg's jail, or gaol, set the standard for colonial prison architecture. Visit the building this year as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of its reconstruction. Architectural historian Carl Lounsbury describes the structure.

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Nov 8
2010

Williamsburg's Indian School

The Indian School at the College of William and Mary was conceived for the religious conversion of Indians. Professor Jim Axtell shares the storied building's history.

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Oct 18
2010

Ghosts of Williamsburg

Author L.B. Taylor preserves Tidewater's spectral folklore in his book, "The Ghosts of Williamsburg."

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Aug 30
2010

Moving Robertson's Windmill

History hits the road when an iconic windmill moves to a new home. Hear the story behind Robertson's Windmill from Jim Horn, CW's Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation.

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Jan 25
2010

Furnishing History

Objects take their places in a scene that suggests a bustling social hub. Curator Kim Ivey describes the interior of Charlton's coffeehouse.

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Jan 18
2010

Organist Peter Pelham

Organist Michael Monaco coaxes the sound of the 1700s from an 18th-century organ in William and Mary's Wren Chapel.

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Jan 11
2010

Pottery With a Past

Stoneware held a place in every household. Curators Janine Skerry and Suzanne Hood describe the innumerable forms.

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Dec 14
2009

Tangible Remains

Objects drawn from a 1609 well put people back in the picture at James Fort. Senior Archaeological Curator Bly Straube interprets the evidence.

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Dec 7
2009

The John Smith Well

Discovery continues at Virginia's James Fort, site of America's first permanent English settlement. Archaeologist Bill Kelso gets to the bottom of a 1609 well.

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Oct 19
2009

Bruton Parish Churchyard

Individuals of all classes rest in the peace of the Bruton Parish graveyard. Church guide Anne Conkling describes one of America's oldest cemeteries.

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Sep 21
2009

The Lost Colony

One hundred and seventeen colonists vanish in America's oldest mystery. Ivor Noel Hume tells the story of the Lost Colony.

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Aug 3
2009

Reading Ravenscroft

Archaeologists turn their trowels on Ravenscroft for its third summer of excavation. Meredith Poole shares an update.

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Jul 27
2009

Purpose-Built: Backyard Architecture

Backyard structures bespeak a separate history. Author Mike Olmert shares his study of outbuildings.

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Jun 8
2009

Zooarchaeology

Zooarchaeologist Joanne Bowen decodes 400-year-old leftovers.

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Apr 13
2009

Reconstructing the Capitol

Bricks and mortar bear witness to a contest of aesthetics and evidence. Senior Architectural Historian Carl Lounsbury tells the story of the Capitol's reconstruction.

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Mar 30
2009

The Governor's Palace at 75

Fresh eyes refocus an architectural icon. Chief Curator Emeritus Graham Hood on recomposing an 18th-century landmark.

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Mar 16
2009

A Record in the River

Oyster shells are the black box recorders of the James River. Marine scientist Juli Harding collects the data.

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Feb 23
2009

Ironworks at Jamestown

Virginia's soil yielded unexpected resources. Journeyman Blacksmith Shel Browder talks about an early iron foundry at Jamestown.

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Oct 20
2008

The Wren Building

Williamsburg's restoration got underway in earnest with the College of William and Mary's Wren Building, explains Louise Kale, director of the Historic Campus.

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Sep 1
2008

Restoration and Reconstruction

Putting an 18th-century face on a 21st-century building is a feat of research and resourcefulness, explains Colonial Williamsburg architect Scott Spence.

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Aug 18
2008

Charlton's Coffeehouse

A long-absent address returns to Duke of Gloucester Street. Architectural Historian Ed Chappell explains the Charlton Coffeehouse reconstruction.

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Aug 4
2008

The Bodleian Plate

Sheer chance delivered a guiding light of Williamsburg's restoration. Hear the story of the Bodleian plate with Architectural Historian Carl Lounsbury.

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Apr 21
2008

The Frenchman's Map

New questions are raised as old ones are answered in the study of the Frenchman's Map. Architectural researcher Ed Chappell talks about the document.

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Mar 31
2008

Great Escapes

Stories of famous captures are rivaled only by stories of famous escapes at Williamsburg's Public Gaol. Tom Hay shares his favorites.

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Jan 21
2008

The Restoration, Part Two

Single-minded determination is the Historic Area's salvation. Author Will Molineux continues his discussion of the restoration.

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Jan 14
2008

The Restoration, Part One

A determined rector reclaims history from the ravages of progress and poverty.

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Jan 7
2008

The Town Before the Town

An early plantation slumbers beneath Williamsburg's streets and foundations.

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Nov 12
2007

Outfitting an Army

The Powder Magazine stood ready to arm soldiers against the oppressors of the age. Historic interpreter Chris Geist details the building's purpose.

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Oct 15
2007

Wren's Formal Garden

After three summers of digging, archaeologist Steve Archer hits pay dirt.

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Oct 8
2007

Jamestown Unearthed, Part Two

With 60 percent of James Fort unexplored, the island outpost guards a wealth of stories. Bill Kelso continues the hunt for discovery.

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Oct 1
2007

Jamestown Unearthed, Part One

The most impartial chronicle of Jamestown Settlement is in its trash. Curator Bly Straube explains.

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Aug 13
2007

Southern Hospitality

A gracious host, the Governor's Palace met the needs of nine governors and the Continental Army. Tom Spear details the venerable building's past.

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Jun 11
2007

Caring for the Mentally Ill

Williamsburg's Public Hospital was the first facility for the treatment of the mentally ill in British North America.

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May 7
2007

Historical Rivalry

Despite its 14-year lead, many don't know that Jamestown was settled before Plymouth. James Axtell's article, "Historical Rivalry," explores the reasons why.

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Apr 23
2007

Jamestown Unearthed

Portraying lesser-known historical figures gives Willie Balderson an opportunity to relate the experiences of the everyday man.

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Apr 16
2007

Chapters in the Soil

Staff Archaeologist Meredith Poole explains how each layer of soil yields subtle clues.

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Mar 12
2007

Passion, Romance, and Intrigue in "Othello"

Themes of jealousy, passion, and betrayal in Shakespeare's "Othello" are as gripping today as they were in the 18th century, says Performing Arts Manager Todd Norris.

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Jul 31
2006

Williamsburg's Public Gaol

Gaynelle McNichols talks about her fascination with the misfits who spent time in Williamsburg's gaol in Revolutionary times.

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Apr 3
2006

A new look at the Governor's Palace

Curator Erik Goldstein researched for three years for the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the arms display at the Governor's Palace.

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Oct 10
2005

Firing the brick kiln

Christine Trowbridge explains the laborious process of making bricks and the intangible rewards of the job.

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