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Reliving History in Colonial Williamsburg

Re-enacting colonial times in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Photo: Emiliano Granado

Colonial Williamsburg, where re-enactments occur daily, has long been a shrine to an idealized American past. But never before has the institution put on shows like these—roving, large-scale street-theater pieces that stretch more than two hours in length. Nor have the stories of Native Americans and African slaves ever been so thoroughly integrated into the programming, depicting historic events as well as scenes from the everyday life of Williamsburg residents from 1774 to 1781. In both the sophistication of the performances and its multicultural view of history, Colonial Williamsburg is being modernized. Read the article

Themes: Family

Inspired by: Colonial Williamsburg's New Reenactments — by Michael Z. Wise, Published Feb. 2010

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    Williamsburg Lodge

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    Williamsburg Inn

    The Regency-style main inn dates from 1937, with a new Sylvia Sepielli spa; easily the area's most atmospheric hotel.


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    Chowning's Tavern

    The revolutionary spirit prevails after 5, when 18th-century fare like Brunswick stew and Welsh rarebit are accompanied by colonial-style entertain

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    A small coffee shop on Merchant Square serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner inside or on its outdoor patio.


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