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Colonial Williamsburg publishes a wide variety of books, from history to historic trades, from art to archaeology, from scholarly books to children’s books. These books let you take the Historic Area home with you.

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Restoring Williamsburg

The bestselling classic, Williamsburg Before and After, told the remarkable story of how in the 1920s and 1930s the Rev. W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller Jr. undertook the restoration of the 18th-century capital. But the restoration is an ongoing process, and this revised and expanded work brings the story up to the present. Lavishly illustrated with more than 350 photographs (including new images from both before and after the restoration), watercolors, sketches, maps and other illustrations, Restoring Williamsburg is a testament to the enduring power of Colonial Williamsburg to inspire Americans to think about their history.

Colonial Williamsburg: The Guide

The first new edition of Colonial Williamsburg’s official guide since 2014, this practical book includes information on all of Colonial Williamsburg’s historic sites. For every public building, private home and tavern, the guide tells you what happened here and why it mattered. For the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, including the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, the guide presents a sampling of the thousands of works on display. With more than 100 illustrations and color photos as well as maps to help you find your way and locate more than 150 buildings and sites, the guide is the essential companion for every visitor.

Recipes From the Raleigh Tavern Bakery

Favorite baked goods for sale at the Raleigh Tavern Bakery were developed from recipes in rare 18th-century cookbooks. In this booklet, the original recipe and its modern adapted version are printed side by side. Included among the 13 tasty treats are queen’s cake, gingerbread cookies, plum tarts and pear pie.

Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father

What is it like to portray Thomas Jefferson on the streets of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area? In his new book, Bill Barker shares the experiences and insights of having done so for more than 25 years. Barker discusses how he rehearses and improvises, how he uses primary sources, how he handles sensitive and controversial issues, how he makes history relevant to different audiences, and how Jefferson has — and has not — infiltrated his own identity. He also offers his thoughts on many of Jefferson’s legacies, from his love of gardening and wine to Jefferson’s thoughts on education, slavery, and the Bible.

Colonial Williamsburg Hauntings

Here are ghost stories — as shared by Colonial Williamsburg employees, residents and guests — featuring lost love, betrayal and things that go bump in the night!

Ghosts Amongst Us: Scary Tales From Colonial Williamsburg

Based on Colonial Williamsburg’s popular evening programs, here are the stories that amused and frightened Virginians two hundred years ago. This is an expanded edition of the book originally titled Witches and Ghosts, Pirates and Thieves, Murder and Mayhem

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