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Meet Our Nation Builders

Nation Builders portray real historic figures associated with 18th-century Williamsburg who made significant contributions to the American story. Meet a Nation Builder during your visit who helped shape their time, and whose legacy continues to influence and inspire American ideals.

Tip for Visitors

Nation Builders were part of their community, and you never know who you may run into on your visit. In addition to programs on the events calendar, variousĀ Nation BuildersĀ can be found throughout the Historic Area. Make use of the Colonial Williamsburg Explorer App to find Nation Builders during your trip!

Ann Wager

James Armistead Lafayette

James Madison

George Mason

George Washington

Gowan Pamphlet

Marquis De Lafayette

Martha Washington

Patrick Henry

Thomas Jefferson

George Wythe

Coming this fall!

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is making history by adding the first American Indian historical figure to its iconic Nation Builder program. Oconostota was a well-known and respected member of the Cherokee nation and a part of a Cherokee delegation that came to Williamsburg in 1777.

Meet a Nation Builder