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What’s New in Colonial Williamsburg

If you’ve never been to Colonial Williamsburg, it might be time to…step back in time. This 18th-century city is the world’s largest living history museum, a walkable oasis with over 40 sites and trade shops, four historic taverns, and two incredible art museums—not to mention close proximity to shopping and dining destinations in Merchants Square. Keep reading to learn more about what’s new in Colonial Williamsburg…

Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is women’s history month, and Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating with colonial girl power. Meet the women of Colonial Williamsburg and hear the inspiring stories about the lives, relationships, and careers of real women who lived and worked in early America. 

As it turns out, work-life balance is something women have always had to deal with! Learn how two real-life colonial women navigated their roles in business with their roles at home—pre-minivan, pre-smart phone. A Woman’s Work is Never Done is included with museum admission and can be seen March 11th, 18th and 25th at 1:30 in the Hennage Auditorium.

Wild, Weird, Wonderful Women explores the stories behind some of the fascinating objects associated with women in Colonial Williamsburg’s museums.

Something Colonial Williamsburg is hailed for is how well it brings history to life through reenactments using actor interpreters. This month, My Story; My Voice shows visitors a compelling moment in the life of an 18th-century woman. Afterward, join in the conversation to learn how the actor interpreter brought the story to life. 

Click here for more amazing programs celebrating Women’s History Month. 

More Living History

Programs change throughout the year to give a voice to the figures of the past of every imaginable background. In addition to seasonal and special events, there are many more incredible places to visit, stories to hear, and experiences to be had! For example:

Take a carriage ride.

Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage or an ox wagon to see the unique sights and sounds of the city just as it was in Colonial times. Carriages can accommodate anywhere from one to nine people. These rides are a popular experience and often sell out quickly, so we recommend making your reservation as early in the day as possible. Learn more about purchase options here.

Shoot a musket.

If you’re a military history buff, or you’re specifically interested in the Revolutionary War, this is your chance to get in the spirit of 1700s America. At the Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range, you can fire live rounds at a target from two different reproduction 18th-century firearms that were staples of the Revolutionary War. Afterward, learn about the history of the weapons.

Meet a Nation Builder.

Have you ever wished you could meet a highly influential historical figure? Through Nation Builders, you basically can! On your visit, meet Thomas Jefferson, Martha Washington, James Madison, and others who helped shape their time with grit and bravery, including enslaved people who won their freedom.

Make a brick with Virginia clay.

…or visit any of the 20+ trade shops to ask questions and learn from skilled craftspeople. Any question you have about life as a tradesperson will be answered, whether you’re curious about 18th-century medicine, how clothes were made, how food was grown, cooked and served, and so much more. We recommend picking four trades and spending 20-30 minutes in each shop to get the full experience.

If you’d like to see more, the Colonial Williamsburg site just got a makeover, and now you can browse itineraries based on your interests

Stroll the same streets once graced by the Americans who inspired our destiny. Your ticket back in time is right here.

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