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By Bill Sullivan

“They play away and play it all away.”

So wrote the great Virginia planter Landon Carter of his son’s penchant to win and lose fortunes at cards.

Today we can tune into ESPN and watch the ancient spectacle, reborn as the World Series of Poker: competitors waging a battle of wit, concentration and not a … Continue Reading »

By Karen Gonzalez

Virginians were very pleased with their very first palace in their new Williamsburg home. A professor from the College of William & Mary described the Williamsburg scene in 1724, when the Governor’s Palace was just 2 years old. “From the Church,” he said, “runs a Street northward called Palace Street; at the other … Continue Reading »

The herbaceous border is now an exuberance of color and while most of the plants are admired solely for their appearance there are some that are beautiful and useful as well, an attribute that is much sought after by young men of a certain age who aspire to find these same qualities in a prospective mate. … Continue Reading »

It’s the 18th century in America, and soldiers are making life-altering sacrifices. Friendships are lost. Families are divided. Health and safety are risked, and lost are the basic comforts most citizens take for granted. All these challenges pale in comparison to the task of coming home and finding their places in a changed world.

Nathaniel … Continue Reading »

Now that you’ve had a crash course in 18th-century signs, why not test yourself with our quiz?

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By Karen Gonzalez

Wander down the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg and you’ll see a variety of attractive and iconic shop signs. Replicated from English-style signs found in 18th-century London, they were an important part of advertising a business location.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Take our sign quiz.

Sometimes the nature of the business was clear. But not always.

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