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Jamestown, Yorktown museums celebrate Christmas as it was

“Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.” Holiday season visitors to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will get just that this holiday season. At Jamestown Settlement, folks will have the opportunity to explore and contrast present-day customs with...

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  • Town Crier heralds Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination

    Town Crier heralds Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination

    Decked out in traditional 18th-century attire that included knee breeches, a bright red cape and large black tricorn hat and carrying a sizeable lantern in one hand, Ray Townsend began his walk up Duke of Gloucester Street. It was Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination in 1971. “Mr. Palmer,...

      • Parker View residents help out the community

        Parker View residents help out the community

        Collecting teddy bears, pill bottles and sending out cards: These are the actions of a group of seniors in Williamsburg who have chosen to make a difference in their community. However, it is inaccurate to call them a group because they are in fact The Group. The Group is a small collection of...

          • Old photos get new life in Tom Bigford's hands

            Old photos get new life in Tom Bigford's hands

            Old photos sit in a box, some maybe in photo albums. As time goes by, the quality of the photos fade, but there are ways to preserve them for future generations. Williamsburg resident and owner of Digitize My Images, Tom Bigford, 82, helps create pictorial documentation of people’s lives by restoring...

              • Virginia Gazette printed parts of Declaration of Independence on July 19, 1776

                Virginia Gazette printed parts of Declaration of Independence on July 19, 1776

                It is not known how word of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in Williamsburg. It simply may have been posted as a notice outside the city’s public buildings or by a vocal proclamation from the town crier. Nevertheless it took 21 days before the July 4, 1776, action...

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                  • Gourmet shop offers mostly Virginia-made products

                    Gourmet shop offers mostly Virginia-made products

                    Foodies looking to stock up on great food and beverages from across Virginia during the holidays — or any time of year — need look no further than Virginia Gourmet on McLaws Circle. Mike D’Alessandro and Jeff Gouger took over the business in August 2017 and have been working steadily since then...

                      • Everything old is new again in the Williamsburg area

                        Everything old is new again in the Williamsburg area

                        Advance Pawnbrokers: Since 2007, the business has specialized in vintage, antique and collectibles, and has vast experience in appraising, buying and selling home furnishings, china, crystal, coins and jewelry. The business also accepts new consignments or will give cash in advance through a loan...

                          • Bruton Parish Gift Shop

                            Bruton Parish Gift Shop

                            Nestled on Duke of Gloucester Street between the bustling sidewalks of Colonial Williamsburg and the storefronts of Merchants Square sits the Bruton Parish Gift Shop. Unlike other stores down the road, this gift shop is a charity. Run by manager Diane Koun, assistant manager Pam Michael and 50...

                              • Williamsburg's Addicted to Golf serves locals, visitors

                                Williamsburg's Addicted to Golf serves locals, visitors

                                Addicted to Golf is a business with more than 25 years of experience in the Historic Triangle, that serves both locals and visitors. The business began in 1989 in Yorktown as International Golf Discount, the brainchild of Richard Schiele. A Virginia Beach store was added in the early 2000s and...

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