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Biographies & Non-Fiction

  • Civil War Williamsburg

    Williamsburg is known for its central role in the American Revolution. Less known is that the city also played a role in the Civil War, suffering through a bloody battle on its doorstep and a three-year occupation. Featuring a history of wartime,...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Selected Works of Alexander Hamilton

    The vital words of Alexander Hamilton, including essays, private correspondence, and public statements. Alexander Hamilton is best known as the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury and the author of the majority of The Federalist Papers, a...

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  • America: The Pocket Guide

    This tiny guide introduces you to a very big idea: The Idea of America. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe, you are American if you believe in the idea of America. At the heart of America is a great debate. And at the heart...

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  • Becoming Americans

    Visitors are fascinated by the authenticity of the historic interpretations at Colonial Williamsburg. This book is a synthesis of the scholarship on which those interpretations are based. It explains how diverse groups of people, holding different and...

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  • Civil War Ironclads HERO DVD

    In the Civil War, both the Union and the Confederacy raced to build armored, steam-powered warships that were the ancestors of today's navies. Meet the people behind and aboard the "ironclads"&;and relive the famous 1862 battle between the Monitor and...

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