September 28, 2007
"The Virginia Witch," ghost walks and accused killers highlight CW's fall programs
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! See what fall programs have cast a spell over Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.
“Cry Witch” allows guests to participate in the re-created 1706 trial of Grace Sherwood, “the Virginia Witch.” Participants can question the witnesses, weigh the evidence and help decide whether the woman is guilty or innocent. This program can be seen Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 and 9 p.m. and Fridays at 7 and 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 21 at the Capitol or Courthouse. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under 6. The subject matter may be inappropriate for young guests.
Tavern Ghost Walks discuss local stories of ghost sightings and other strange occurrences seven days a week at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Each hour-long tour begins at Shields Tavern, then visits other sites in the Historic Area such as the Capitol, King's Arms Tavern, the Prentis Store, the Peyton Randolph House or other historic buildings and taverns. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. In October, an “Evening in a Haunted Tavern” will be offered on selected nights. This program combines the popular Ghost Walk with a room-by-room ghost tour through Shields Tavern. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Call 1-800-HISTORY for available dates.
Ghosts stories and other unexplained mysteries from the 18th century are the focus of the “Legends, Myths, Mysteries and Ghosts” walking tour. The stories and locations vary by tour. The program can be seen nightly at 7 and 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 22. The walking tour begins at the Greenhow Lumber House. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 6.
During Lanthorn Tours, this walking tour explores the shops and workplaces of Williamsburg’s most accomplished tradespeople by candlelight. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov 18 and Thursday, Nov. 22. The walking tour begins at the Greenhow Lumber House. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 6.
Two evening programs look at the dark side of human nature. “Williamsburg’s Most Wanted” tells the story of accused murderers Col. Chiswell, William Pittman and Sarah Peppers who discuss their criminal acts with the audience and present their defense. The audience can form their own opinions of guilt or innocence and then learn about the true fate of the 18th-century figures. 7 and 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 16 Fridays at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 6.
Guests will explore real 18th-century cases during “Crime and Punishment” and compare 18th-century justice to that of today. This program can be seen Saturday evenings at 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45 and 9 p.m. beginning at Tickets, Treasures and Books (Public Records Office) through Nov. 17. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 6.
For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY.
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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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 www.history.org.