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Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality materials to assist you in teaching eighteenth-century life, including:

Political Life in Eighteenth-Century VirginiaQUILL PEN AND INK POWDER

A goose feather quill pen and powdered ink (makes 3 fluid oz.) were the basic writing instruments in the 18th century.

No. 7011 Quill $2.95
No. 364042 Powdered Ink $2.50

Available for order online at the Williamsburg Marketplace.

Other writing products are available. Call 1-800-761-8331 or fax 1-757-565-8044 to order.

23150 Earthenware Decorated Inkwell  $17.00 each
23119 Earthenware Plain inkwell  $16.00 each
66001 Calligraphy Paper-10 sheets  8 ½”x11”  $5.00 each
210013  Cedar Pencil -7”  .50 cents each
535799 Slate Pencil  5 1/2” long  .50 cents each
632919 Slate, Large  10” x 7”   Natural Finish $5.95 each
629634 Slate, Small  5” x 7”  Natural Finish   $3.95 each
46201 Seal, Brass Thistle  $8.50 each
46870 Sealing Wax 4” stick  $5.95 each

Political Life in Eighteenth-Century VirginiaJEFFERSON & ADAMS: A STAGE PLAY (DVD)
Based on an original play by Howard Ginsberg

In a faced-paced series of encounters, we see the turbulent relationship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as their friendship—conducted mostly via letters—ignites, flourishes, ruptures, and resolves itself. The play spans 50 years, from the early days of the Republic, through two wars with England, and continuing through their vigorous retirement.

DVD extras:
Behind the Scenes of Jefferson & Adams (15 mins). The playwright, director, actors, executive producer, and Jefferson Legacy Foundation's executive director discuss the inception, importance, and production of the play.

About Colonial Williamsburg: Tour Our Town (8 mins). A look at the importance of the town of Williamsburg to our national heritage, the restoration by John D. Rockefeller Jr., and a glimpse into Colonial Williamsburg's Living History Museum.

$24.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

Jefferson and Adams Teacher GuideJEFFERSON & ADAMS: A STAGE PLAY
(Teacher Guide)

This companion teacher guide to the Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play DVD includes scene summaries, time lines, discussion questions with scene references, and a complete script. Written by teachers, for teachers!

Grades 8-12, 74 pages, $14.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email