Ornamental Separator

Historic Site: Magazine

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Temporarily closed for restoration. The Magazine was constructed in 1715 as storage for the arms and ammunition dispatched from London for the defense of the colony. Just before the Revolution, it was the scene of a famous confrontation between Williamsburg residents and the royal governor, when his soldiers absconded with the colony's gunpowder. Check back for more information on the building reopening to the public.


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We continue to do research at Colonial Williamsburg because we continue to learn more about the events that shaped our nation. The previous restoration of the Powder Magazine was completed in 1938. This restoration included plastering over the interior walls, so it has been 80 years since anyone has studied the evidence of the walls and what they looked like.

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