Ornamental Separator

“Every Article… suitable for this Country”: Furnishing Early Williamsburg

On view in the June Stedman Hennage Gallery
This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of Don and Elaine Bogus.


This exhibition reveals Williamsburg and vicinity through objects that were made or imported by the people who once lived and worked here. Guests will find portraits of merchants, clerics, and children, furniture made by Williamsburg cabinetmakers, African American pottery, an iron warming machine imported from London, a Cherokee stone pipe, and many other goods with histories in and around the town. The exhibition complements your visit to the Historic Area by exploring the lives and stories of real people through the things they made or owned.

Card Table attributed to Anthony Hay, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1755-1770
Warming machine by Abraham Buzaglo, London, England, 1770. Long term loan from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Sarah Waters Meade by Cosmo John Alexander, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1770
Teapot by Andrew Fogelberg, London, England, 1771-1772. Gift of Angus Sladen of Hampshire, England, a descendent of the 4th earl of Dunmore.
Tarpley, Thompson & Company Broadside, London or Bristol (probably), England, 1760-1763