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Shop for historic games, plush toys, and fun activities for kids and adults inspired by the 18th century and Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.

  • Jaw Harp | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Jaw Harp

    Played since the Middle Ages, this form of mouth harp was especially popular in Scotland, where dancers stepped a jig to its lively, twanging note. The harp is capable of producing only a single note, but players can vary the instrument's tone by...
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  • Virginia Doll

    Virginia Doll

    This new soft doll is named after the youngest child of Lord and Lady Dunmore, born in Williamsburg on December 3rd, 1774. She was christened Virginia in honor of the colony. The doll's beautiful dark pink dress, light pink petticoat and white lace...
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  • Revolutionary War Chessmen

    Revolutionary War Chessmen

    A fun game of strategy and wits comes to a head with the British versus the colonists in this American Revolution-themed chess set. On one side, the Continental soldiers are dressed in traditional 18th-century clothing in navy and cocked hats atop brown...
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  • Bilbo Catcher

    Bilbo Catcher

    Toys of the cup & ball family had already been favorite childhood amusements for many centuries by the time of settlements in the North American colonies, and they have remained popular throughout American history. In the more difficult bilbo catcher...
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  • Spotted Bird Waterpipe Whistle

    Spotted Bird Waterpipe Whistle

    Also known as a "water pipe" or "water warble," these bird whistles are a classic novelty. Bird whistles were popular with 18th-century children and adults. To use, simply fill the whistle with water and then blow gently through it.For best results,...
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  • Folding Wood Mancala with Glass Stones

    Folding Wood Mancala with Glass Stones

    Need something new for a road trip or family game night? This high-quality, travel-sized African Stone game, also known as Mancala, is based on a 7,000 year old game that was played by scooping out pits and callas in the sand and, in many instances,...
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  • Mini Captain's Mistress Game

    Mini Captain's Mistress Game

    Legend says that Captain Cook played this game nightly to relax with his fellow shipmates. In fact, he spent so much time playing the game, it came to be known as the Captain's Mistress. The object of the game is simple, yet the strategies are endless...
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  • Plastic Fife with Music

    Plastic Fife with Music

    Along with drums, fifes were used to signal commands in battle and to call out the daily routine of 18th-century military camp life. Instructions included. Features Crafted of FDA Approved Plastic Short Brass Ferrules Bb fife Includes Music &...
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  • Shut the Box Four Player Game | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Shut the Box Four Player Game

    Modeled after dice games played by Norman fishermen in the 12th century, Shut the Box is a fast-paced game that is all about matching dice rolls and finishing the game with the least points possible. Made from solid wood with a felt lined playing...
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  • Shut the Box Game

    Shut the Box Game

    Add some old-world charm - and fun - to your next gathering. 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...
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  • Numbers Dice Games

    Numbers Dice Games

    Similar to games played in the 18th century, this fun numbers dice  game reinforces spelling, counting and math skills. Simulated ivory dice come with instructions for several ways to play. Features Used to Educate and Entertain Set of 8 1"...
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  • Mini Pewter Mint Julep Set

    Mini Pewter Mint Julep Set

    A tribute to American heritage in miniature, this adorable mini pewter mint julep set calls to mind the beloved Southern tradition of drinking mint juleps. Seven-piece polished pewter set includes four mint julep cups along with a pitcher, tray and...
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  • Mini Jefferson Cups and Punchbowl Set

    Mini Jefferson Cups and Punchbowl Set

    A tribute to American heritage in miniature, this adorable set pays homage to the plain pewter cup designed by Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century. Pewter, both imported and American-made, was the most popular tableware throughout the 1700s. This...
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  • Pewter Mini Coffee & Tea Set | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Pewter Mini Coffee & Tea Set

    Coffee and tea - a favorite 18th-century pastime that's now a timeless American tradition. Crafted of fine, no-lead, non-tarnishing pewter, this mini coffee and tea set makes a lovely gift. This mini coffee & tea set includes coffee pot, tea pot,...
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  • Blue Bird Waterpipe Whistle

    Blue Bird Waterpipe Whistle

    This Blue Bird Waterpipe Whistle, also known as a "water pipe" or "water warble," these bird whistles are a classic novelty. Bird whistles were popular with 18th-century children and adults. To use, simply fill the whistle with water and then blow gently...
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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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  • Benjamin the Red Devon Calf plush toy | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Benjamin the Red Devon Calf

    Remember your trip to see the Rare Breeds animals in the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg with our Benjamin the Red Devon Calf plush toy. This adorable stuffed animal makes a great gift for kids.   Features Inspired by the Rare Breed...
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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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  • Spirit of '76 Drum

    Spirit of '76 Drum

    This beautiful Spirit of '76 children's drum masterfully re-creates the drum style of the American Revolution. The high-quality wooden drum replica features bright, vibrant patriotic colors and crisp drum sound. Unlike most toy drums on the market, this...
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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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  • American Traditions Spy Glass

    American Traditions Spy Glass

    Spy behind enemy lines (or steal a peek at what's for dinner!) This fully functional brass American Traditions Spy Glass with faux wood-grain finish includes a map of historic Revolutionary War battles as well as educational text about the Revolutionary...
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  • American Traditions Compass | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    American Traditions Compass

    This fully functional American Traditions Compass comes in a handsome brass-hinged wood case with an early American flag embossed in gold. Your child can navigate the same way the colonists did with this fun compass toy. Features Functional...
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  • Wooden Cannon

    Wooden Cannon

    Load your ammo and fire away! This wooden cannon is activated by a rubber band and plunger. Simply load a wad of paper into the barrel, pull back the plunger, and release. 3 1/2" x 7" x 2 1/2". Wood. Features Solid wood construction Paper wads not...
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  • Acrobatic Hotch Potch

    Acrobatic Hotch Potch

    Flip, spin and twirl this acrobatic Hotch Potch doll with a flick of the wrist! Watch his arms and legs rotate as you move the wooden base. Features Wood and string11 1/2"HWILLIAMSBURG exclusive! Inspiration Children's toys of the 18th century were...
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  • Alphabet Dice Game educational toy | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Alphabet Dice Game

    It comes as no surprise that learning is best achieved when the process is enjoyable, and our Alphabet Dice Game is sure to please. Even John Locke, 17th-century philosopher and educator, encouraged the use of alphabet dice so children would learn their...
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  • Toy Drum

    Toy Drum

    Like drums used by children centuries ago, this one is made of wood, tightly-stretched natural hide and cotton rope. Use the drumsticks to produce a satisfying rat-a-tat-tat.  Features Wooden Drum Tightly Stretched Natural Hide Cotton Rope for...
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  • Purple and Green Hotch Potch Velour Doll

    Purple and Green Hotch Potch Velour Doll

    This mini plush doll is based on the famous 1782 print "The Comical Hotch-Potch of the Alphabet turn'd Posture-Master," a learning tool for children. It shows jovial "Hotchpotch" characters contorting themselves (quite instructively, we might add) into...
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  • Blue and Yellow Mini Hotch Potch Velour Doll

    Blue and Yellow Mini Hotch Potch Velour Doll

    This mini plush doll is based on the famous 1782 print "The Comical Hotch-Potch of the Alphabet turn'd Posture-Master," a learning tool for children. It shows jovial "Hotchpotch" characters contorting themselves (quite instructively, we might add) into...
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  • Navy and Red Hotch Potch Velour Doll

    Navy and Red Hotch Potch Velour Doll

    This plush doll is based on the famous 1782 print "The Comical Hotch-Potch of the Alphabet turn'd Posture-Master," a learning tool for children. It shows jovial "Hotchpotch" characters contorting themselves (quite instructively, we might add) into the...
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  • Maple Wood Fife | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Maple Wood Fife

    Along with drums, fifes were used to signal commands in battle and to call out the daily routine of 18th-century military camp life. This Maple Wood Fife is a wonderful addition to your re-enacting kit or simply as a fun gift for a musical friend...
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  • I Hardy Cards

    I Hardy Cards

    Judging from 18th-century letters and inventories, Colonial Williamsburg's citizens spent a lot of time at the card table. Williamsburg tavern keepers bought as many as six dozen packs at a time from the Printing Office. Playing cards were imported from...
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  • Wooden Recorder | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Wooden Recorder

    The Wooden Recorder is an easy-to-use musical instrument that has become a favorite for kids everywhere. Known for its remarkably clear, sweet sound, the recorder has been a popular instrument since medieval times. Simply blow into the mouth piece and...
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  • Sarah Doll with Blue Cape

    Sarah Doll with Blue Cape

    An updated version of our popular Sarah doll, she is wearing a dress made with fabric from our exclusive reproduction line and a blue cape much like what is seen on the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. WILLIAMSBURG exclusive! Product Care Spot...
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  • Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game

    Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game

    In the face of the political instability and financial turmoil of the American Revolution, only one individual always came out on top: Alexander Hamilton. Pit your survival instincts and spending savvy against all the founding fathers (and mothers) in...
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