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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.

  • 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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  • Why The Turkey Didn't Fly

    Why The Turkey Didn't Fly

    Why did the eagle become our national symbol, even though Franklin preferred the turkey? How did Gilbert Stuart's portrait of Washington end up on the dollar bill? What did Betsy Ross really have to do with the flag? Here are the surprising stories...
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  • Amy, Ben and Catalpa the Cat

    Amy, Ben and Catalpa the Cat

    Great pictures and lots of action! In this full-color alphabet story in verse, Amy, Ben and Catalpa take children on a fun-filled day in 18th-century Williamsburg. No sooner does a fifer pass Amy and Ben's window than they are off to the fair! During...
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  • Williamsburg Watercolor Note Cards

    Williamsburg Watercolor Note Cards

    These reproductions of original watercolor paintings of Historic Area scenes capture the look and feel of historic Colonial Williamsburg long after your visit has ended. Painted by Williamsburg artist Marcia Long, each notecard features a different...
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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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  • Melody Harp

    Melody Harp

    This finely crafted wood zither, or melody harp, is one of the easiest instruments a child can play. Simply slide one of 12 song sheets under the strings and follow the "dots" with the pick. A great way to start a child onto a lifetime of music. 14 1/2"...
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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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  • 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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  • Maria's Story: 1773

    Maria's Story: 1773

    Maria's Story: 1773 is part of The Young Americans Book Series by award-winning author Joan Lowery Nixon. When Maria Rind's father dies, her mother is forced to continue his work writing and publishing the Virginia Gazette newspaper. That leaves Maria...
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  • Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life

    Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life

    The life and lessons of the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, long before becoming the subject of Broadway's Hamilton: An American Musical. Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under the...
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  • Ann's Story: 1747

    Ann's Story: 1747

    This delightful children's book is based on Ann McKenzie, a real girl who lived in 18th-century Williamsburg. Nine-year-old Ann needs to start behaving like a proper young lady, learning to knit, cook, and manage a household, but she would rather assist...
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  • The Printer in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg

    The Printer in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg

    Illustrated in the style of the period, each softbound booklet in this series describes a trade of eighteenth-century Williamsburg and the lives and times of the artisans who practiced it. Features An Account of the Life, Times, and Craft of a Printer...
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  • Battledore Pamphlet

    Battledore Pamphlet

    Help children learn their ABCs and 123s - the 18th century way! This reproduction battledore is printed for the historic shops in Colonial Williamsburg. Contains reproduction illustrations to aid memory. Made in USA. A Williamsburg exclusive!
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  • The Coins of Colonial America

    The Coins of Colonial America

    An impressive collection of antique coins donated to the Foundation is the focus of this book. Joseph Lasser contributed an overview about currency in colonial North America and sections on "Latin American Origins," "Coins Powered World Trade," "Coins in...
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  • Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg

    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

    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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  • The Colonial Naturalist DVD

    The Colonial Naturalist DVD

    Part 3 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: Colonial Life through a Lens. Filmed in 1965, this docudrama highlights Mark Catesby's first visit to the colonies, where the self-trained naturalist spent time observing his natural...
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  • I Am Murdered

    I Am Murdered

    George Wythe was Thomas Jefferson's mentor and friend, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court—and a victim of lethal poisoning. His murder and the trial of his nephew for the killing caused a sensation...
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  • A Little Keyboard Book

    A Little Keyboard Book

    These sprightly pieces have been arranged in eighteenth-century style for keyboard instruments-harpsichord, piano, or chamber organ. Of particular interest is the "Minuet" of Peter Pelham, the only song known to have been written by the first organist of...
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  • The Music Of Williamsburg DVD

    The Music Of Williamsburg DVD

    Part 2 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: Colonial Life through a Lens. Filmed in 1960, this docudrama explores how music in 18th-century Williamsburg was a ritual of everyday life—the accompaniment to everything from...
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  • Vintage Handle Wax Seal Kits - Tree | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Vintage Handle Wax Seal Kits - Pineapple | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Vintage Handle Wax Seal Kits

    These Vintage Handle Wax Seal Kits have everything you need to create beautiful wax seals on your letters! The flexible sealing wax is made to withstand the modern mailing system. Add a touch of historical charm and your own personality with vintage...
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  • Somerset Rug Mouse Pad

    Somerset Rug Mouse Pad

    In celebration of the best in classic design, toss this mouse pad on your desk to offer a little color and a lot of protection. The design is straight from an 18th-century crewelwork coverlet in Colonial Williamsburg's collections featuring the scrolling...
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  • John's Story: 1775

    John's Story: 1775

    The Young Americans Book Series by award-winning author Joan Lowery Nixon As tensions rise between England and the colonies, John's father hopes for a peaceful solution. When his older brother George joins the militia to fight for Virginia liberties,...
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  • Peyton Randolph and Revolutionary Virginia | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Peyton Randolph and Revolutionary Virginia

    In 1763, King George III’s government adopted a secret policy to reduce the American colonies to "due subordinance" and exploit them. This brought on the American Revolution. In Virginia, there was virtually unanimous agreement that...
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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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  • 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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  • A Rollick of Recorders Book

    A Rollick of Recorders Book

    The pieces in this collection have been arranged for the recorder, an instrument that in the eighteenth century was known as the English or common flute.  Included are thirteen tunes that our colonial forebears used for lighthearted music making...
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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...
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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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  • 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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