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September 21, 2012

Fall Civil War Programs Illustrate the Impact of the Civil War on Williamsburg and Its Resident Civil War Tours Offer Stories and Music

This fall, guests learn how the 18th-century capital town of Williamsburg also was a 19th-century battleground for the Civil War.

The program, “Women of Civil War Williamsburg,” explores how Williamsburg endured hardship and loss as a result of a battle outside the town and three years of military occupation. This one-hour walking tour offers a closer look at the impact of the Civil War on the lives of the women of Williamsburg at 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 8:40 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 19 at the Courthouse. This evening program is $14 for adults and youth ages six to 17 and $7 for children under six.

“Un-Civil Harmony: Music of the Civil War” offers insight into how the Civil War shook our nation and tore us apart. Guests hear the stories and music of when Williamsburg and America were at war. This one-hour program is presented at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 3-Nov. 21. Admission is $16 for adults and youth and $8 for children under six.

“Williamsburg Civil War Tour” explains how the old colonial capital of Williamsburg played an important part in the American Civil War. Join in a tour of the major Civil War sites of the town, meet people who were here and learn more about Williamsburg’s role in this heart-rending period of American history. The tour will take place at 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 8:40 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 5 through Nov. 16 at the Courthouse. This evening program is $14 for adults and youth ages six to 17 and $7 for children under six.

Through the program, “Mrs. Durfey and the Civil War,” guests join Mrs. Durfey, a resident of Williamsburg during the Civil War, as she entertains a friendly enemy in 1862. This event will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 10-24 at Bassett Hall. Admission is included in all Colonial Williamsburg admission passes.

For more information, please call 1-800-HISTORY.

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 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 Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. 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.

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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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