History Events

Celebrate Colonial History

Historic attractions and Colonial sites hold events throughout the year. Find out pieces of history you didn't know before; from gossiping with a house maid to sitting at lectures about the battles of the Revolutionary War. Find your freedom at one!

E.g., 08/18/2017
E.g., 08/18/2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 20, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm

This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

Friday, August 18, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Lumber House Ticket Office
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
June 17 - 30, 2017, 9:30am - 11am
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 19, 2017, 9:30am - 11am
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 19, 2017, 9:55am - 11:25am
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 19, 2017, 10:20am - 11:50am

What do you want to be when you grow up? Visit three trade shops and discover your calling at Colonial Williamsburg. Explore the historic trades with hands-on activities. This program is recommended for children aged 8 to 14. Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 20, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm

This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 20, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm

This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
August 21, 2017, 10:45am - 11:45am

Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the Revolution. Try your hand at "cracking the code" using the spy techniques you've learned. Geared for ages 8 and older.

Program included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
10:45am to 11:45am
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
July 5, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
August 23, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburg's history. Learn about the Battle of Williamsburg, which took place on May 5, 1862. Book signing to follow. 

Program included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
June 15, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 26 - September 2, 2017, 3:30pm - 5pm

Calling all families to save the Revolution! See what sort of codes and ciphers General Washington and his army used to send messages to each other and thwart the British army. Drop in and try your hand at reading and writing secret messages just like Revolutionary spies.

 

Craft included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 02, 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
February 22, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
March 22, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
August 16, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
August 30, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on. (1 hour)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday, September 02, 2017
York River State Park
Every First Saturday. Repeats Monthly.
June 4, 2016 - September 2, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
October 7, 2017, 10am - 12pm

Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past. Cost: $3/person, $8/family of 4, $25/group of 10. Please call for reservations

Saturday, September 2, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the first Saturday of the month, ends on Sep 02, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
June 15, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 26 - September 2, 2017, 3:30pm - 5pm

Calling all families to save the Revolution! See what sort of codes and ciphers General Washington and his army used to send messages to each other and thwart the British army. Drop in and try your hand at reading and writing secret messages just like Revolutionary spies.

 

Craft included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Saturday, September 2, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 02, 2017
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
September 6, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

On May 6, 1943, the USO opened in Merchants Square as the "home away from home" for servicemen stationed nearby during World War II. Senior Hostess Dorothy Tully shares stories of the Williamsburg USO and the girls who would be her Junior Hostesses. Discover what it took to be a USO Hostess. (1 hour) 

Program free with Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Freedom Park
April 22, 2017, 3pm - 4pm
September 9, 2017, 3pm - 4pm

Join Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park for a presentation and book signing. You'll experience 18th century life more than 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. All ages welcome. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
September 13, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Everyone has heard about General Custer and his "Last Stand" at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. But have you ever heard of Lt. Custer at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862? Join with historian Carson Hudson and learn about his surprising activities in and around Williamsburg. 

 

Program free with Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
September 17, 2017, 3pm - 4:30pm

Hear from author Jane Hampton Cook and from President Madison and his First Lady as they discuss her latest book "The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812." Relying on first-hand accounts, historian Jane Hampton Cook weaves together several different narratives to create a vivid, multidimensional account of the burning of Washington, including the escalation that led to it and the immediate aftermath.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Hennage Auditorium
September 17, 2017, 3pm - 4:30pm

Hear from author Jane Hampton Cook and from President Madison and his First Lady as they discuss her latest book "The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812." Relying on first-hand accounts, historian Jane Hampton Cook weaves together several different narratives to create a vivid, multidimensional account of the burning of Washington, including the escalation that led to it and the immediate aftermath.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
September 30, 2017, 5pm - 6:15pm

Three members of an extended Granville County, North Carolina family describe their personal ancestry journeys, the DNA tests that brought them together as cousins and research partners, and the emotional aspects of finding the slave/master family tie.

Program free with Museum Admission

Museums Admission included in Good Neighbor Pass and Colonial Williamsburg Pass

Saturday, September 30, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:15pm
Saturday, October 07, 2017
York River State Park
Every First Saturday. Repeats Monthly.
June 4, 2016 - September 2, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
October 7, 2017, 10am - 12pm

Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past. Cost: $3/person, $8/family of 4, $25/group of 10. Please call for reservations

Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the first Saturday of the month, ends on Sep 02, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
October 19, 2017, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Professor Henriques is "not throwing away his shot." Starting with a look at Hamilton, the most talked about Broadway show in years, Professor Henriques examines the most famous duel in American history and examines if it is possible to make sense out of the seemingly contradictory accounts of what actually happened.

Additional $5 ticket required with Museums Admission

Museum Admission included with your Good Neighbor Pass of your Colonial Williamsburg Pass

Thursday, October 19, 2017 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
9:00am to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
9:00am to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Friday, November 17, 2017 -
9:00am to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017

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