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Making History Now a Colonial Williamsburg Blog

Where the past ignites the present. Keep up with what's happening behind the scenes, plus tips for visiting, history, and much more.

The Great Cake Debate

January 4, 2019

Colonial Cat Suit

Family history tells us that Mrs. Washington would make this cake every Twelfth Night to not only celebrate the 12th day of Christmas but also her wedding anniversary with General Washington on January 6th, 1759.



"A Suit of Clothes For Puss"

December 24, 2018

Colonial Cat Suit

Throughout the 18th Century, artists have depicted cats and especially monkeys wearing clothing in portraits, often playing the role of humans, mirroring the actions, foibles, and follies of human beings.

Thank You for your Support

December 19, 2018

Thank You For Your Support

As 2018 comes to an end, all of us at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation wish to thank you, our remarkably generous donors, for your unwavering commitment to this national treasure and our mission.

Courage Independence Liberty

December 10, 2018

Courage Independence Liberty

The story of America is the story of Williamsburg and the people who lived and worked in this once bustling colonial capital. Some of the nation’s most famous leaders—Washington, Jefferson and Madison—walked these streets and made lives for themselves right here. But our story is so much more than just these nation builders. Our story is one of hope, courage and perseverance.

One Telegram That Inspired a Dream

December 6, 2018

 One Telegram That Inspired a Dream

At 10:51 a.m. on December 7, 1926—92 years ago today—an obscurely worded telegram signed by “David’s father” was sent over the lines from New York City to Williamsburg, an event we mark as the beginning of the Restoration of Virginia’s colonial capital.

Preserving Colonial Williamsburg: Benjamin Powell House to Get a New Roof

November 27, 2018

Those who are local to Williamsburg may have already noticed the scaffold on the Benjamin Powell House at the corner of Waller and Lafayette Streets. We are starting the third and final major roof replacement for 2018.

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

November 27, 2018

Walking on DoG St

Finding the perfect gift can be quite difficult sometimes. How does one find an item or items that represent their feelings toward friends and family? With that in mind, we have put together our Holiday Gift Guide for 2018.

Present from the Past 2018

October 19, 2018

Presents from the Past

Something for everyone on your list – Delight that special someone with a Present from the Past


Blog Post Archive


Becoming Mrs Washington: Martha the Mom

April 14, 2017 by Katharine Pittman

Maratha Washington

This period of Martha’s life has fascinated me and has become the center of my study and program development for the spring season. I suppose I have good reason: my husband and I just welcomed our first child.

Finding Americas Forgotten Founder: My Journey to Discover George Mason

December 13, 2016 by Joe Ziarko

George Mason

George Mason seems to want to be left alone, but that’s not an option for me. As Colonial Williamsburg’s newest Nation Builder, it is my task is to learn all I can about this “forgotten founder.”

Becoming Thomas Jefferson: My Journey Up Toms Mountain

April 28, 2016 by Kurt Smith

Young Thomas Jefferson

Kurt Benjamin Smith portrays young Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg.