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Books & Media

Discover original Colonial Williamsburg books and other publications about Early American history topics in our Books & Media categories. Our selection includes children's books, non-fiction and fiction, cooking and gardening, arts and crafts, Colonial Williamsburg guidebooks, music, DVDs, writing materials, and stationary.

  • The Williamsburg Art of Cookery | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    The Williamsburg Art of Cookery

    In 1938, Helen Bullock compiled an amazing collection of favorite "receipts" or recipes known to have been used in Virginia households in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Williamsburg Art of Cookery allows modern cooks to offer the same time-tested fare...
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  • Fortnum & Mason: Time for Tea | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Fortnum & Mason: Time for Tea

    Fortnum & Mason has nearly as much experience of selling tea as Britain has of drinking it – some three centuries’ worth, in fact, since the early eighteenth century. Time for Tea by Tom Parker Bowles is a fun and deeply...
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  • America's Forgotten Colonial History | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    America's Forgotten Colonial History

    From the publisher: "This is what we all learned in school: Pilgrims on the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. They had a rough start, but ultimately made a go of it, made friends with the Indians, and celebrated with a big Thanksgiving dinner...
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  • First Principles | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    First Principles

    In First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks offers a revelatory book about the...
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  • Craft: An American History | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Craft: An American History

    At the center of the United States' economic and social development, according to conventional wisdom, are industry and technology—while craftspeople and handmade objects are relegated to a bygone past. Renowned historian Glenn Adamson turns that...
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  • A History of Tea | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    A History of Tea

    As the world's most popular beverage, tea has fascinated us, awakened us, motivated us, and calmed us for well over two thousand years. A History of Tea tells the compelling story of the rise of tea in Asia and its eventual spread to the West and beyond...
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  • Inventing the Flag | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Inventing the American Flag

    With gorgeous four-color reproductions of an amazing array of art from diverse cultures and eras, Inventing the American Flag explores the symbolism of the national flag and investigates why the founding fathers chose the images they did to represent the...
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  • Bricks: Now and Then | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Bricks: Now and Then

    “Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.” - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Buildings made of brick are found in very different epochs and cultures all over the world. Always astonishing, the qualities of...
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  • Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership

    Franklin and Washington: The Founding Partnership is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson and is a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, illuminating the enduring...
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  • Mapping Virginia Book | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Mapping Virginia Book

    Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War by William C. Wooldridge is sure to become a treasured addition to your library. As one of the chief gateways to the earliest exploration and settlement of the North American continent,...
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  • American Stories by Paul Aron | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    American Stories

    American Stories by Paul Aron follows the evolution of our founding stories and myths and how they spread far and wide throughout our history. The story of the cherry tree, for example, tells us nothing about George Washington’s actual...
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  • Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity

    When hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters strike, we count our losses, search for causes, commiserate with victims, and initiate relief efforts. Amply illustrated and expansively researched, Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity...
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  • Colonial Williamsburg: The Story | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg: The Story

    It was in Williamsburg, Virginia, that American independence—and democracy—took root. And it is in the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg that millions have learned about the continuing relevance of America's founding ideas. Spanning...
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  • Striped Red Earthenware Inkwell | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Striped Red Earthenware Inkwell | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Striped Red Earthenware Inkwell

    Add historic charm to your desk with this Striped Red Earthenware Inkwell. This reproduction inkwell would have been a common site to inhabitants of Williamsburg in the 18th century. Made of more common materials, such as earthenware, or finely crafted...
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  • Red Earthenware Inkwell | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Red Earthenware Inkwell | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Red Earthenware Inkwell

    Add historic charm to your desk with this Red Earthenware Inkwell. This reproduction inkwell would have been a common site to inhabitants of Williamsburg in the 18th century. Made of more common materials, such as earthenware, or finely crafted in...
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  • American Traditions Secret Decoder Cypher Wheel | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    American Traditions Secret Decoder Cypher Wheel

    The American Traditions Secret Decoder Cypher Wheel is a fun toy for kids to explore and learn the art of encoding and decoding messages. Get two and send secret messages between friends! Made of wood. Includes instructions. Recommended for ages 5 and up...
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  • Founding Mothers | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Founding Mothers

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families–and...
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  • Colonial Spices and Herbs | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Spices and Herbs

    Colonial Herbs and Spices by well-known food writer Patricia B. Mitchell is full of fascinating information, quotations, and descriptions about the typical usages of 23 of colonial America's most common spices and herbs. It offers brief descriptions of...
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  • The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty

    Ever wondered how Marie Antoinette achieved her sky-high hairstyle or how women in the 1700s created their voluminous frizz hairdos? The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty answers all your Georgian beauty questions―and teaches you all you need...
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  • Travel 4-Player Shut the Box Game | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Travel 4-Player Shut the Box Game

    A traditional game of counting, addition, and probability, Shut-the-Box dates as far back as the 12th century when this game was enjoyed by Norman fishermen after a long day at sea. Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match...
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  • Revolutionary Brothers | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Revolutionary Brothers

    Steeped in primary sources, Revolutionary Brothers casts fresh light on the remarkable, often complicated, friendship of two extraordinary men - the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. As Lafayette opened doors in Paris and Versailles...
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  • Blue Pineapple Note Cards by Marcia Long | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Blue Pineapple Note Cards by Marcia Long | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Blue Pineapple Note Cards

    What better way to say "thank you" than with the traditional symbol of hospitality? Each note card features an illustration of a ripe, plump pineapple in blue and white surrounded by swirling vines. The inside is blank so you can craft your own unique...
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  • Colonial Williamsburg: The Official Guide

    Colonial Williamsburg: The Guide

    No visit to Colonial Williamsburg is complete without our official guide book! This first new edition of Colonial Williamsburg's official guide since 2014, this book includes information on all of Colonial Williamsburg's historic sites. This guide...
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  • Alexander Hamilton Signature Notebook - Embossed leather notebook Alexander Hamilton Signature Notebook - Portrait sleeve cover

    Alexander Hamilton Signature Notebook

    Now you can put pen to paper in your very own Alexander Hamilton Signature Notebook, and let his words encourage and inspire you as you record your daily musings. Features Moleskin-like binding Cream paper stock and an elegant ribbon page marker...
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  • The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings - front cover The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings - hardcover

    The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings

    The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings is part of the Leather-bound Classics series and is a collection of the crucial documents, speeches, and other writings that shaped the United States. In addition to the Constitution, readers can review the...
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  • Hidden History of Civil War Williamsburg | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Hidden History of Civil War Williamsburg

    Hidden History of Civil War Williamsburg

    Each year, thousands of visitors from around the country visit the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's re-created 18th-century capital of Virginia to learn about the past and walk where the Founding Fathers walked. The fact that the same ground was later...
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  • Trend and Tradition Subscription | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Trend and Tradition Subscription

    Trend & Tradition: The Magazine of Colonial Williamsburg is devoted to telling the stories of 18th-century America from a 21st-century point of view. Redesigned in 2016, the Foundation's quarterly publication continues to feature history articles...
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  • The School of Manners

    The School of Manners

    "At Church, at Home, at Table, in Company, in Discourse, at School, abroad, and amoung Boys. With some other short and mixt Precepts. By the Author of the English Exercises." This replica of the fourth edition, as printed in London in 1701, gives all the...
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  • Four Documents of Freedom

    Four Documents of Freedom

    Choose this unique set for the American history buff in your life, young or old. This impressive set of four antiqued historical documents includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and Abraham...
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  • Duel in the Wilderness

    Duel in the Wilderness

    Major George Washington stared grimly at the French commander facing him. The young Virginian had traveled hundreds of miles into the frontier to deliver a message from the King of England. After a dangerous journey, Washington had arrived at his...
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  • Holiday Welcome Embossed Christmas Cards

    Holiday Welcome Embossed Christmas Cards

    The door of the Historic Area's Roscow Cole House is beautifully decorated on this set of Christmas cards. The Roscow Cole house has anchored the east end of Market Square since about 1812. It is named for the merchant who built it and owned it until...
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  • Bruton Parish Church Christmas Cards

    Bruton Parish Church Christmas Cards

    A Christmas Eve stroll down Duke of Gloucester Street may find the Historic Area under a blanket of snow. Share the best of Williamsburg during the winter season with this beautiful set of boxed holiday cards. In the distance stands Bruton Parish Church...
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  • Christmas in Market Square Christmas Cards

    Christmas in Market Square Christmas Cards

    Vivid colors and sculpturally embossed details make this Colonial Williamsburg Christmas card stand out. On the front, a large illuminated evergreen stands in Market Square surrounded by historic structures decked in holiday wreaths. Features 16 cards...
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  • Colonial Williamsburg ABC Picture Book | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg ABC Picture Book

    This Colonial Williamsburg ABC picture book uses the alphabet to introduce children to eighteenth-century Williamsburg. From A to Z, each of the illustrations is based on an activity or an object associated with colonial life that can be seen in Colonial...
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  • Governor's Party Christmas Cards

    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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  • Porch Gathering Christmas Cards | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Porch Gathering Christmas Cards

    Each year during the holiday season, Williamsburg comes alive with blazing cressets, candle-lit windows, and most coveted of all, amazing fruit-and-foliage displays. Families from around the country, and even the world, flock to the Historic Area to...
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