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It began in 1968 with a recording of “A Candlelight Concert at the Governor’s Palace.”

Lee Welch records a song in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation studio for the CD, “A Grand Entertainment.”

The 18th-century music performance by the Governor’s Palace Orchestra was available in as a 33 1/3 album – monaural or stereo – and … Continue Reading »

Now the musical work begins. Fifers learn the fingering, the breathing. Drummers learn the art of holding the sticks and pacing the beats. It’s all technique, coupled with lots and lots of rehearsing.

Instructors – all of whom have been down this same road – work with the recruits to show them what’s expected. They … Continue Reading »

On Tuesday, May 5th, carpenters, joiners, and brick makers (all working incognito in 21st century dress), along with assorted Colonial Williamsburg staff and visitors joined in the frame-raising for Williamsburg’s 1757 Market House. No matter how many times we do it, a frame-raising never gets old!

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Rapeseed in bloom

With the onset of warmer weather, the garden is making prodigious progress in both flower and leaf. The Rapeseed is near 7 feet tall and is the most asked after plant in the garden this week.  Rape is one of the more ancient forms of that most useful group of plants classed … Continue Reading »

Just a reminder that the Market House frame will be raised on Tuesday, May 5th, beginning at 9 a.m. If you cannot be present, remember that you can tune in to watch on the Market House Reconstruction webcam.  Whether in-person or virtually, join us to witness the latest addition to Duke of Gloucester Street!

By Bill Sullivan

George Washington lost four pounds playing the ponies as a 27-year old freshman legislator in Williamsburg in 1759.

He wasn’t alone. Horse racing and gambling were favorite pastimes in colonial Virginia.

Large crowds turned out from Virginia’s earliest years to find out who had the fastest horse—and to bet on the outcome.

The races attracted … Continue Reading »