The Williamsburg community comes to life in this street theatre experience exploring the daily lives of ordinary people during extraordinary times. Consider diverse perspectives on political and societal elements of 18th-century life as people of the past gather near the Raleigh Tavern to tend to personal and professional businesses of the day.
On Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, join us in 1775 as the people of Williamsburg hear of the battle at Lexington and Concord and ramifications closer to home. On Thursday and Saturday, explore how life alters for the people of Williamsburg when the capital moves to Richmond in 1780.
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Simple Stitches for Sewing Success
Hand-sewing was an essential 18th-century life skill. Participants in this class will make a sewing roll based on an 18th-century original.
Open to the Public
Governor’s Musick at the Raleigh Tavern
Visit with members of the Governor’s Musick to explore music in colonial Virginia and explore the ways in which music was an important part of everyone’s life.
The Last Two Virtuosi of the Viola da Gamba
Discover the lives of Ann Ford and Carl Friedrich Abel, two 18th-century London musicians and hear music on the most noble of instruments, the viola da gamba.
Art Museums Admission