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December 7, 2011

Bassett Hall Holiday Events Include New Program for Children

“Creaks and Peeks” has been introduced at Bassett Hall this holiday season. Aimed for children ages eight-12, the program explores the Colonial architecture of the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby. Guests can enjoy this program at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 10 through Dec. 31.

Reservations are required. A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor card provides access to this program.

Guests can try their hand at some of the projects Abby Aldrich Rockefeller enjoyed through three how-to workshops returning this holiday season:

  • “Bassett Hall Holiday Workshop: Swedish Heart Ornament.” Guests will tour Bassett Hall on their own before the workshop and enjoy 1930’s holiday decorations and numerous examples of needlework throughout the house. During the workshop, guests will try their hand at creating a stitched Swedish ornament. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 22.
  • “Bassett Hall Holiday Workshop: Cross Stitched Ornament.” This class allows guests to tour Bassett Hall on their own before the workshop. Guests will make their own special needlework ornament. This workshop will be held from 10 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Dec. 15.
  • “Bassett Hall Holiday Workshop: Knitting.” Participants can learn and practice the basic skills of knitting, receive supplies and leave with the instructions for finishing the project at home. The program will be held at 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

    In addition to a Colonial Williamsburg admission or museum pass, the Swedish heart ornament, cross stitch ornament and knitting workshops require a $15 ticket with advance registration only. Tickets can be purchased at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket sales location. They are not available at Bassett Hall.

    Classes will be held in the Bassett Hall Cottage. Bassett Hall is located at 522 E. Francis St., Williamsburg.

    In 2001, Senior Trustees Abby and George O’Neill made a major gift for Bassett Hall restoration. Their generosity also provided for The Abby and George O’Neill Endowment for Bassett Hall.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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