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Two new books and a gift guide

Restoring Williamsburg by George Humphrey Yetter and Carl R. Lounsbury | Hardcover | 296 pages | $50.00


This book expands on Williamsburg Before and After, a Colonial Williamsburg classic originally published in 1988. It tells the remarkable story of how the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller Jr. undertook the restoration of the 18th-century colonial capital. This fully revised new edition brings the story up to the present.

The work sheds new light on the original restoration and on the research that continues to reshape the town and the understanding of its history. The restoration is an ongoing process, one that has continued long after Goodwin and Rockefeller left the scene. The book also includes aspects of Williamsburg’s history that were not explored in the original edition.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, watercolors, sketches, maps and other illustrations, Restoring Williamsburg features previously unpublished images from before the restoration, as well as new present-day photography. The book is a testament to the enduring power of Colonial Williamsburg to inspire Americans.

George Humphrey Yetter, who wrote Williamsburg Before and After, was associate curator of architectural drawings for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation until he retired in 2013. Carl R. Lounsbury, who revised and expanded the original work, was senior architectural historian for Colonial Williamsburg until he retired in 2016. He is co-editor of The Chesapeake House: Architectural Investigation by Colonial Williamsburg and currently teaches history at William & Mary.

The publication of this book was made possible by a generous gift from Brenda Snow and Oliver Portmann. The book is distributed by Colonial Williamsburg’s retail partner, Aramark, and by Yale University Press.

Colonial Williamsburg: The Guide: The Official Companion to the Historic Area | Paperback | 160 pages | $22.95


This 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, tavern and trade site the guide tells you what happened here and why it mattered, while also providing histories of the buildings and some of the people who lived there. 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, including American and British fine, decorative and mechanical art, and American folk art.

The book also includes information on Colonial Williamsburg resorts, dining, and shopping.

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.

A companion volume to be published in 2020 will provide a narrative history of Williamsburg from its origins to the present.

Colonial Williamsburg: The Guide is co-published by Globe Pequot Inc.

Holiday Gift Ideas

For Lovers of Flowers and 'Trees'

Flowers and Herbs of Early America by Lawrence D. Griffith

In this sumptuously illustrated book, a historic plants expert documents 58 examples of flowers and herbs and explores how they were cultivated and used.

Hardcover | $45.00

For Food Lovers

Holiday Fare: Favorite Williamsburg Recipes by John R. Gonzales

Back in print! With more than 60 mouthwatering recipes inspired by early American cooking, this is a culinary guide for the entire season.

Hardcover | $16.95

The Williamsburg Art of Cookery by Helen Bullock

Back in print! These favorite “receipts” were used in Virginia households in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Hardcover | $19.95

For Lovers of Colonial Williamsburg

Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father by Bill Barker

Back in print! The esteemed interpreter shares experiences and insights derived from portraying Thomas Jefferson on the streets of the Historic Area for more than 25 years.

Hardcover | $24.95

The Art and Soul of African American Interpretation by Ywone D. Edwards-ingram

This year’s 40th anniversary commemorations of Colonial Williamsburg’s African American interpretation programs is an opportunity to revisit this 2016 publication.

Hardcover | $15.95

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