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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.

  • 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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  • Indienne Rug Mouse Pad

    Indienne Rug Mouse Pad

    Spread a little tradition wherever you need to use your computer mouse ... and protect your table. With a detailed medallion and floral motif, this mouse pad will add a touch of rich elegance to your office or living room. Images of antique carpets 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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  • The Journal of Major George Washington

    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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  • The Cabinetmaker DVD | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    The Cabinetmaker DVD

    This DVD, Part 11 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: The Trades of Colonial Williamsburg, features The Cabinetmaker Crafting a Card Table. Antique furniture produced in 18th-century Williamsburg serves as patterns for work produced...
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  • Forged In Wood DVD

    Forged In Wood DVD

    Part 9 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: The Trades of Colonial Williamsburg This 1987 documentary shows how re-creating James Anderson's blacksmith shop provided a challenge for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's architectural...
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  • Silversmith Of Williamsburg DVD

    Silversmith Of Williamsburg DVD

    Part 6 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: The Trades of Colonial Williamsburg The colonial silversmith produced items both functional and beautiful. In this 1971 docudrama, silver scraps are transformed into a magnificent new...
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  • A Glorious System Of Things DVD

    A Glorious System Of Things DVD

    Part 8 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: Colonial Life through a Lens. The 18th century was an age marked by an upsurge of scientific curiosity, and this 1983 docudrama shows how early American colonists learned of such important...
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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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  • Gunsmith Of Williamsburg DVD

    Gunsmith Of Williamsburg DVD

    Part 4 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: The Trades of Colonial Williamsburg The gun was a vital part of life in 18th-century Williamsburg, and this 1965 docudrama demonstrates the expertise that went into the making of each...
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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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  • Recipes from the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop

    Recipes from the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop

    Gingerbread cookies and other goodies from the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop bring back delicious memories for generations of Williamsburg visitors. In this cookbook, original recipes from rare 18th-century cookbooks are presented side-by-side with their...
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  • The Williamsburg Cookbook

    The Williamsburg Cookbook

    Once tasted, the food of Williamsburg is not forgotten. Visitors return again and again for Chowning Tavern's Brunswick Stew, Christiana Campbell's Spoon Bread, the Williamsburg Inn's Breast of Turkey Supreme and countless other delicacies. In this...
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  • Quest for a Cure

    Quest for a Cure

    Erected in 1773, burned in 1885, and now reconstructed, the Public Hospital was the first public facility in colonial America built for the treatment of the mentally ill. This highly readable account of Quest for a Cure gives an overview of the attitudes...
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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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  • 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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  • Colonial Williamsburg Hauntings

    Colonial Williamsburg Hauntings

    Based on the official Colonial Williamsburg ghost tours, this book features stories from employees, residents and guests. Here are tales of unexplained alarms, moving chairs and windows, even flying checkerboards - plus spooky images of scenes guests on...
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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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  • Ghosts Amongst Us

    Ghosts Amongst Us

    Based in part on Colonial Williamsburg's popular evening programs "Cry Witch" and "Ghosts Amongst Us"—and also including stories that have never been performed—here are the tales that chilled and amused Virginians over two hundred years ago...
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  • Colonial Williamsburg Decorates for Christmas Colonial Williamsburg Decorates for Christmas

    Colonial Williamsburg Decorates for Christmas

    The beauty of a Williamsburg Christmas can be yours every year with this how-to book. Directions for making 42 gorgeous decorations, including 249 step-by-step drawings and 35 color illustrations, will help you create the perfect holiday atmosphere in...
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  • Early Upholstery Seating

    Early Upholstery Seating

    Watch a feature about our restoration expert, Leroy Graves, on CBS Sunday Morning. Leading Colonial Williamsburg conservator Leroy Graves has changed the way collectors and museums regard historic upholstery. Little upholstery from the eighteenth and...
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  • Thomas Jefferson Art of Power

    Thomas Jefferson Art of Power

    A No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power has been named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham once...
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  • Plants of Colonial Williamsburg

    Plants of Colonial Williamsburg

    This guide to the plants in Colonial Williamsburg's gardens describes and discusses two hundred flowers, trees, herbs, and shrubs. The historical background of each plant links it with the colonial period. Brief biographies of early plantsmen explain the...
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  • Organic Fiber Dyeing

    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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  • 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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  • Reproduction Colonial Money - Set B | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Reproduction Colonial Money - Set B

    This set of reproduction Colonial and Revolutionary currency includes various denominations and sizes. Set B includes 1 each of the following notes: 20 Dollars - United States 1778,  4 Dollars - North Carolina 1778, 8 Dollars - Massachusetts Bay...
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  • Reproduction Colonial Money - Set A | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Reproduction Colonial Money - Set A

    This set of reproduction Colonial and Revolutionary currency includes various denominations and sizes. Set A includes various denominations and sizes of Colonial Money, including one each of the following: $10 New York 1776, $8 Maryland 1774, 15s...
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  • Holiday Fare

    Holiday Fare Cookbook

    Hot Cranberry Wassail! Cheese and Chive Crisps! Buttery Rum Pumpkin Pie! Sixty easy-to-follow recipes from Executive Chef John Gonzales Holiday-Fare Cookbook update the favorite delicious tastes of Colonial Williamsburg's recipes. Features •60+...
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  • Melody Harp Christmas Songs

    Melody Harp Christmas Songs

    Twelve carols children can play instantly of Christmas Melody Harp Songs: Angels We Have Heard On High, Deck the Halls, Go Tell It On the Mountain, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, Jolly Old St. Nick, Joy to the...
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  • Folk Melody Harp Songs

    Folk Melody Harp Songs

    Twelve traditional folk melody harp songs young ones - or adults - can play instantly: Blue Tail Fly, Buffalo Gals, Clementine, Cripple Creek, Down In The Valley, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, I've Been Working On The Railroad, Little Brown Jug,...
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  • Children's Melody Harp Songs

    Children's Melody Harp Songs

    Twelve traditional children's songs young ones can play instantly: A Hunting We Will Go, A Tisket, A Tasket, Are You Sleeping?, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Froggie Went A Courtin', Hickory Dickory Dock, I'm A Little Teapot, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Polly Wolly...
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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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  • Grand Illumination Christmas Cards | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination Christmas Cards | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Grand Illumination Christmas Cards

    These festive Grand Illumination Christmas Cards feature a scene of fireworks bursting in the air above the Governor's Palace in the background, amidst the snow, with cressets burning and decorated homes in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area...
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  • Botany - A Naturalist's Notebook - cover Botany - A Naturalist's Notebook - inside view

    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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  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    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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  • Yorktown, Virginia: A Brief History

    Yorktown, Virginia: A Brief History

    Yorktown's history is often overshadowed by its pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. The site of the British surrender has held several victory commemorations over the past two hundred years. Yorktown also was a thriving colonial port and the site of...
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  • Historic Trades

    Historic Trades

    With more than 90 color photos, this charming hardcover book celebrates Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Trades in vivid detail. Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area is home to the largest, most diverse museum-operated trades program in the world. Here...
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  • Holiday Pineapple Christmas Cards | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Pineapple Christmas Cards | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Holiday Pineapple Christmas Cards

    While colonists in the 18th century did not decorate their doors and homes with expensive fruits during Christmas, the tradition of decorating the Historic Area of Williamsburg with elaborate and fresh floral and fruit arrangements during the holiday...
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