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., 06/25/2017
E.g., 06/25/2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 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, June 25, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Lumber House Ticket Office
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
June 17 - 30, 2017, 9:30am - 11am

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Freedom Park
June 26, 2017, 10am - 12pm

The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a memorial service on June 26 in honor of the valiant Americans who gave their lives in the Battle of Spencer's Ordinary on that day in 1781. A series of skirmishes occurred in the woods and meadows of Freedom Park between units of Lord Cornwallis and those of the French general, Marquis de Lafayette.

Monday, June 26, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Hennage Auditorium
June 26, 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, June 26, 2017 -
10:45am to 11:45am
Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building
Every Monday - Tuesday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 7:30pm - 10pm

You are a member of the 1706 jury in this candlelit inquiry: Grace Sherwood has been charged with witchcraft. Question witnesses, weigh evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of the woman known as "the Virginia Witch." Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion.

Monday, June 26, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building
Every Monday - Tuesday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 7:30pm - 10pm

You are a member of the 1706 jury in this candlelit inquiry: Grace Sherwood has been charged with witchcraft. Question witnesses, weigh evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of the woman known as "the Virginia Witch." Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
June 28, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

What happened in Williamsburg after the Revolution? Discover how the town survived hard times until it was restored to its former glory in the early 20th century. Program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Architectural Clues to 18th-century Williamsburg." 

Program included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Lumber House Ticket Office
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
June 17 - 30, 2017, 9:30am - 11am

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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Historic Jamestowne
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
June 22 - August 10, 2017, 12pm - 12:30pm

In the Defense of Jamestown

Location: Near the Hunt Shrine.

Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd-"a most ancient and honorable pole arm"-and then march in the "Grand Parade" inside James Fort!

Thursday, June 29, 2017 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Aug 10, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 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, June 30, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building
Every Monday - Tuesday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 7:30pm - 10pm

You are a member of the 1706 jury in this candlelit inquiry: Grace Sherwood has been charged with witchcraft. Question witnesses, weigh evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of the woman known as "the Virginia Witch." Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion.

Friday, June 30, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Saturday, July 01, 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, July 1, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the first Saturday of the month, ends on Sep 02, 2017
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
July 4, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
July 4, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

"Oh say can you see" are the familiar and powerful first words of a poem written by 35 year old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814. The poem, inspired by the Battle of Baltimore eventually became America's national Anthem. Join Francis Scott Key as he recounts the events that inspired his hand and musicians Kelly Kennedy and John Turner share popular songs from the first quarter of the 19th century.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Historic Jamestowne
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
June 22 - August 10, 2017, 12pm - 12:30pm

In the Defense of Jamestown

Location: Near the Hunt Shrine.

Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd-"a most ancient and honorable pole arm"-and then march in the "Grand Parade" inside James Fort!

Thursday, July 6, 2017 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Aug 10, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
July 6, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Tony Williams, author of "America's Beginnings," will discuss the 1789 inauguration of George Washington.  How did it differ from modern inaugurations, and what presidential precedents did Washington establish? A book signing will follow. 

Program included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Thursday, July 6, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Friday, July 07, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
July 7, 2017, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Join the team to solve fictitious crimes, including a murder. View a crime scene, interview experts and suspects, collaborate with special investigators ... and explore the museum to find clues. Can you solve the mystery? Not suitable for children under 10 years old.

$20 for adults/senior/students/military and $10 youth/child (2 hours)

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Historic Jamestowne
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
June 22 - August 10, 2017, 12pm - 12:30pm

In the Defense of Jamestown

Location: Near the Hunt Shrine.

Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd-"a most ancient and honorable pole arm"-and then march in the "Grand Parade" inside James Fort!

Thursday, July 13, 2017 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Aug 10, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
July 15 - 29, 2017, 9am - 6pm

Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement will present "Pocahontas Imagined," a special exhibition opening July 15 through January 28, 2018, that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jul 29, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
July 15 - 29, 2017, 9am - 6pm

Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement will present "Pocahontas Imagined," a special exhibition opening July 15 through January 28, 2018, that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jul 29, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
July 15 - 29, 2017, 9am - 6pm

Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend live on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, Jamestown Settlement will present "Pocahontas Imagined," a special exhibition opening July 15 through January 28, 2018, that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.

Monday, July 17, 2017 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jul 29, 2017

Pages