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May 15, 2009

Local historian and author Tony Williams tells the story of the 1771 Virginia flood

Local historian and author Tony Williams examines the massive flood of the James River in May 1771 during his lecture, “Great Deluge: The 1771 Virginia Flood,” 5:30 p.m. May 28 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

The flood killed hundreds of people, swept away millions of pounds of tobacco and led to the first large-scale disaster relief program in the colonies. Williams explores the significance of the flood and examines how tobacco contributed to arguments for American independence.

Williams is the author of “The Hurricane of Independence.”

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Museum Pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to this lecture.

Programs and exhibitions at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information, call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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