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  • The Journal of Major George Washington

    In 1753, Virginia Governor Dinwiddie appointed 21-year-old Major George Washington to a delicate mission - deliver a letter to the local French commander demanding that he and his forces leave British Territory and bargain for support with the local...

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    Botany - A Naturalist's Notebook

    Whether you make observations close to home (how does your garden grow?) or keep detailed, accurate field notes for your Journal of Researches (like Darwin!), take along this Botany - A Naturalist's Notebook. Make at least one discovery every day! 48...

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  • Death by Petticoat

    Each day, at museums and historic sites across America, stories are told that stick in our memories. Some are true; the phrase "mad as a hatter," for example, came about because hatmakers were driven mad (or more accurately, poisoned) by mercury they...

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  • Dollhouses Miniature Kitchens and Shops

    For years, a visit to the dollhouse and antique toy exhibit at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum has been a beloved Christmas tradition for Williamsburg natives and out-of-town visitors alike. Now readers can bring the charm of the Folk Art...

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  • Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg

    Virginia, of course, is famous for its hospitality. Drawing on that tradition, here's a treasure trove of ideas for celebrating special occasions throughout the year. From a winter anniversary to a spring wedding, a Fourth of July picnic to a children's...

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  • Flowers and Herbs of Early America

    Rediscover our American botanical heritage with this chronicle of the history and cultivation of 56 species of colonial flowers and herbs. Researched and written by master gardener Lawrence Griffith, curator of plants for The Colonial Williamsburg...

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  • Founding Feuds

    "In lively prose and with keen understanding, Paul Aron sets forth the personal animosities and grudges that drove politics in the new nation." Robert Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World Think partisanship has never been so bad? Think again...

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  • Governor's Party Christmas Cards

    'Tis the season for holiday parties and the Governor's Palace hosted the most prestigious gathering in town. This set of 16 full-color, folded cards and envelopes features a Christmas Eve gathering on a snowy evening. At the time of its completion in...

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  • Hammerman In Williamsburg DVD

    Part 5 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: The Trades of Colonial Williamsburg In this realistic 1973 dramatization of life in colonial Virginia, our master blacksmith explains why the "hammerman" was one of the most vital...

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  • Mapping Colonial America CD ROM

    Explore maps from Colonial Williamsburg's collection in this interactive CD ROM. The maps, dated from 1587 to 1782, provide an intimate look at the struggles and ambitions of Colonial America's colonists. The exhibition features a zooming tool that...

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  • My America: An Owner's Guide

    My America: An Owner’s Guide asks kids to think about fundamental questions about what it really means to be an American. How does America work? Who are "We the People?" And how have the American people shaped our history? Filled with kid-friendly...

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  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard has a long history that predates the United States of America. Founded in 1767 as the Gosport Shipyard, it has been burned and rebuilt three times, once to prevent it from getting into the hands of the newly independent state of...

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  • Organic Fiber Dyeing

    Traditional Dyes for Modern Fabric Lovers. Color, color, and more color-dyeing fabric was just as important to the citizens of 18th-century America in places such as Williamsburg, Virginia, as it is to today's quilters and fabric artists. Using...

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  • Revolutionary City Comic Book

    Colonial Williamsburg's popular street theater program is now a colorful comic book! This unique history book will keep young readers turning the pages. Better yet, they'll get to choose what page they turn to next. Like the people of Williamsburg...

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