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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 7
2011

Inventing the Submarine

The first combat submarine was invented as a vehicle to transport underwater bombs. Jerry Roberts of the Connecticut River Museum tells the story of an intrepid American inventor.

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Jun 27
2011

Arsenal of War

A new armoury complex takes shape on the footings of Anderson's Forge. Archaeologist Meredith Poole talks about the site's rebuilt narrative.

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Sep 20
2010

Call Forth the Militia

Local militiamen were ragtag but tenacious fighting forces. Supervisor of Military Programs John Hill describes Revolutionary War hometown defenses.

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Apr 26
2010

Weapons of War

Muskets, swords, buttons and drums convey powerful memories of the soldiers who claimed them. Curator Erik Goldstein highlights some of his favorite military treasures from the Colonial Williamsburg collections.

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Aug 24
2009

History's Most Famous Duel

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr act out a fatal altercation. Mark Schneider provides the details.

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Aug 10
2009

The Joy of Discovery

Recreating 18th-century technology takes perseverance and luck, says Jay Gaynor, Director of Historic Trades.

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Mar 2
2009

Swordmaking in the 18th Century

Colonial tradesmen learned the swordmaking craft as Virginia armed itself for war. Journeyman brass founder Suzie Dye describes the process.

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Dec 15
2008

Colonial Weapons System

As important as the cannon is the vehicle to carry it: a two-wheeled cart that transports, supports, and stores the weapon and its accoutrements. Wheelwright John Boag has the task of construction.

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Nov 17
2008

Recreating a Cannon, Part Two

Revolutionary-era cannon tell the story of the evolution of war technology. Director of Historic Trades Jay Gaynor and Master Blacksmith Ken Schwarz continue their overview of recreating a light infantry three-pounder.

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Nov 10
2008

Recreating a Cannon

Revolutionary-era cannon are artifacts of war technology's evolution. Director of Historic Trades Jay Gaynor and Master Blacksmith Ken Schwarz describe the process of recreating a light infantry three-pounder.

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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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Sep 17
2007

The Gunpowder Plot

Add your shouts to the clamor for revolution in Colonial Williamsburg's evening program, "The Gunpowder Plot." Author Gina DeAngelis explains.

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Sep 11
2006

Weapons and Militia in 18th-Century Williamsburg

Military Interpreter Stewart Pittman talks about a company of 14-year-old boys who rob a booby-trapped Magazine and arm themselves with blue-painted muskets in 1775. He also answers some popular questions about musket firing and accuracy.

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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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Jan 16
2006

Gunsmith

Master Gunsmith George Suiter talks about the art of making guns in the town of Williamsburg.

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