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., 06/27/2018
E.g., 06/27/2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
310 S England St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 9:30am - 10:30am

Come fire reproduction 18th-century firearms at the Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range. Participants will learn some history of and become familiar with two 18th-century weapons commonly used during the Revolutionary War.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
9:30am to 10:30am
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
206 Spotswood st Williamsburg 23185
Every Wednesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 10:30am - 10:50am

The Chownings and friends present plays and entertainments for all ages! Stop in to see one of our plays performed by our ridiculous ensemble.

Located at the Playbooth theatre.

No event ticket required. Included with admission. 10:30am-10:50am, 11:30am-11:50am, 2pm-2:20pm

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
10:30am to 10:50am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
326 W Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 22 - June 14, 2018, 11am - 11:30am

Guided tours by knowledgeable museum volunteers introduce you to some of the masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture and silver. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
11:00am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
326 W Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 12pm - 12:30pm

Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.

Guided tours by knowledgeable museum volunteers introduce you to the whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, textiles and more from Mrs. Rockefeller's original collection, with which the museum was founded.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
106 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday - Thursday, Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 24 - June 14, 2018, 3pm - 3:45pm

oin one of our knowledgeable American Indian Interpreters as they share a specific aspect of their traditional culture! Programs vary; Space limited. Sign up at the Delegation (magazine yard) beginning at 9:30am. No event ticket required. Included with admission.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
106 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 4:20pm - 4:40pm

Success on the battlefield depends greatly on the discipline of the soldiers and the order in which they execute their tactics and field maneuvers. Come witness a demonstration of these tactics that are crucial to success in combat.

No event ticket required.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
4:20pm to 4:40pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
114 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 22 - 29, 2018, 7pm - 8pm

Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area while our guide conjures stories of spirits who still call Williamsburg home. For an engaging hour, listen to true tales of unnerving experiences shared by employees, residents, and guests: modern ghost stories featuring lost love, murder, betrayal, and things that go bump in the night! This program is not appropriate for young children.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on May 29, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
220 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 7pm - 8pm

The ONLY Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour that takes you inside the historic buildings! This unique storytelling experience brings the past to life (and death) with ghostly tales of hauntings and horrors spun directly from 18th century sources.

Wear your walking shoes! This one-hour walking tour is not recommended for young children. Please check out the Official Ghost Walk Junior for the kids amongst you!

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
109 N Waller St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
May 22 - 29, 2018, 8:45am - 4:15pm

The Colonial Explorer Camp is a new opportunity to engage both young history enthusiasts and those who just want to have fun while embracing colonial life.Tickets are for the entire week.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
8:45am to 4:15pm
Repeats every 2 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on May 29, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
310 S England St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 9:30am - 10:30am

Come fire reproduction 18th-century firearms at the Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range. Participants will learn some history of and become familiar with two 18th-century weapons commonly used during the Revolutionary War.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
9:30am to 10:30am
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Grace Church
111 Church St Yorktown 23690
May 28, 2018, 10am - 11am

The ceremony will start in the Church with a few prayers and remarks, playing of "Taps", then proceed to replace the US Flags on each of the 89 known veterans buried in the cemetery of the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Philippine Insurrection, World Wars 1 & 2, Korea, Cold War, and Vietnam with "Honors." Military, Veterans, families, and visitors are welcome and encouraged to participate in the ceremony.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Colonial Williamsburg
113 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday - Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 10am - 12pm

Pay a visit to Caesar Hope at his shop and experience his incredible story of slavery, freedom, and enterprise.
Caesar Hope was a celebrated figure in the city who served the most notable gentlemen of the time. Stop in to his shop and meet this iconic figure as he shares with you his incredible life’s story of slavery, freedom, and enterprise.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
326 W Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
May 21 - June 11, 2018, 10:15am - 11am

Get your passport stamped as you take a trip around the world to discover where 18th-century goods were made on this fun-filled, hands-on tour. This event is located at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Tickets to this event are included with admission at no extra charge.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
10:15am to 11:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Jun 11, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
326 W Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 22 - June 14, 2018, 11am - 11:30am

Guided tours by knowledgeable museum volunteers introduce you to some of the masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture and silver. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
11:00am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 14, 2018
York Hall
301 Main Street Yorktown 23690
May 28, 2018, 12pm - 1pm

The York County Historical Committee presents the posting of colors, historical re-enactors, guest speaker, and the placing of flowers. York Hall, 301 Main Street. Free. 757.890.3500

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Colonial Williamsburg
326 W Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 12pm - 12:30pm

Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.

Guided tours by knowledgeable museum volunteers introduce you to the whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, textiles and more from Mrs. Rockefeller's original collection, with which the museum was founded.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
401 E Nicholson St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday - Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
May 21 - June 14, 2018, 1pm - 2pm

This one-hour walking tour takes guests through the stable and carriage facilities and introduces them to the rare breeds conservancy program operated by Colonial Williamsburg.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
326 W Francis St Williamsburg 23185
May 28 - June 11, 2018, 1:15pm - 2pm

Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved Baptist preacher, has heard about Virginia’s new Declaration of Rights, a document that promises religious freedom and “that all men are born equal and free”. He seeks out George Mason, primary author of that document, to ask how this will change his world. Watch these two men navigate their station and obligations as they discuss the future.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
1:15pm to 2:00pm
Colonial Williamsburg
106 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday - Thursday, Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 24 - June 14, 2018, 3pm - 3:45pm

oin one of our knowledgeable American Indian Interpreters as they share a specific aspect of their traditional culture! Programs vary; Space limited. Sign up at the Delegation (magazine yard) beginning at 9:30am. No event ticket required. Included with admission.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Jamestown Marina
297 Neck-O-Land Road Williamsburg 23185
May 28, 2018, 4pm - 6pm

Explore Powhatan Creek by Paddleboard and learn the history about The Captain John Smith water trail, and also get up close to all the native wildlife of the Powhatan Creek.

This tour will leave from the Jamestown Marina located at 297 Neck-O-Land road at 4:00 pm and return to the marina at 6:00pm just in time for you to go enjoy your Memorial Day dinner.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Colonial Williamsburg
326 W Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
May 25 - June 11, 2018, 4pm - 4:30pm

Walk and talk with the staff who researches and cares for antiques in the museums. In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Friday, ends on Jun 11, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
106 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 23 - June 14, 2018, 4:20pm - 4:40pm

Success on the battlefield depends greatly on the discipline of the soldiers and the order in which they execute their tactics and field maneuvers. Come witness a demonstration of these tactics that are crucial to success in combat.

No event ticket required.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
4:20pm to 4:40pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 14, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
433 E Duke of Gloucester Williamsburg 23185
Every Monday, Wednesday. Repeats Weekly.
May 23 - June 13, 2018, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Participate in a fun wool-spinning class for beginners. You'll learn the history of the drop spindle as well as the skills needed to spin your own yarn. All required supplies are provided, including your own drop spindle to take home.

Not recommended for children under 10. Children 17 or under must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Wednesday, ends on Jun 13, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg
114 W Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
May 22 - 29, 2018, 7pm - 8pm

Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area while our guide conjures stories of spirits who still call Williamsburg home. For an engaging hour, listen to true tales of unnerving experiences shared by employees, residents, and guests: modern ghost stories featuring lost love, murder, betrayal, and things that go bump in the night! This program is not appropriate for young children.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on May 29, 2018

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