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November 29, 2011

Programs Examine the Holidays During the Civil War

This holiday season, guests step back in time to discover what life was like in Williamsburg during the American Civil War. Did 19th-century residents of Williamsburg celebrate the holiday season during wartime?

During the program, “An Un-Civil Christmas: Holiday Music of the Civil War,” guests discover that soldiers and their families looked to familiar traditions, especially to music, to remind them not only of better times with loved ones but also of the ideals for which they were fighting. Folk musicians share anecdotes and Christmas songs that gave both sides strength and comfort during the American Civil War. The concert takes place at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Dec. 3, 8, 16, 21, 24, 28, 30 and Jan. 1 at the Courthouse. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under six.

Williamsburg Civil War Tour

Williamsburg witnessed both the Northern and Southern armies, and experienced a tragic battle on its doorstep. Colonial Williamsburg’s “Williamsburg Civil War Tour” explores major Civil War sites of the town. During this one-hour walking tour, guests learn about some of the people who were here and Williamsburg’s role in this heart-rending period of America’s history. Tours are offered at 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20, 8:40 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 and Monday, Dec. 26 at the Courthouse. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under six.

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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