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Research is our backbone; education is our mission. Dive into how we know what we know about 18th-century Williamsburg and join us in discovering what we are yet to uncover.

Research & Education

From archaeology to documentary analysis, research underpins the entire Historic Area experience

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CW Blog

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

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Okra Stew

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Bridgerton Meets Colonial Williamsburg

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The Speaker’s Man: John Harris and the Anatomy of a “Runaway” Advertisement

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On-Site Opportunities

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation offers a range of special onsite learning opportunities for the public, students, teachers, and scholars.

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Virtual Tours


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Art Museums for CW Kids

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Ongoing Initiatives

Partnerships, excavations, expansions, and more

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Rare Breeds

Founded in 1986, Colonial Williamsburg’s Rare Breeds program helps promote genetic diversity in livestock that research shows thrived in 18th-century colonial British America. Cared for by the Coach & Livestock department, horses, oxen, sheep, and fowl contribute to the living history museum in many of the same ways they would have contributed to the colonial capital.

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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.