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Author Archives: Amelia Butler
Which fiery orator supported, even helped start, the American Revolution, but refused to sign the American Constitution? Who tried and failed at two separate occupations before becoming a successful attorney (by way of a bartender)?
The answer, of course, is Patrick Henry, the subject of today’s study. Colonial students began at Hanover County Courthouse, where [...]
This weekend was kind of a giant sigh of relief for us, in more ways than one. Students enjoyed the break from classes, of course, while all of us were grateful that last weekend’s wild weather did not repeat itself!
Saturday, students again had the opportunity to experience archaeology firsthand at the Fairfield Plantation dig. Despite [...]
Where does politics happen? Is it merely in the hallowed halls of Congress, on the campaign trail, in smoky back rooms? Or is it a part of people’s everyday lives? What about in the 18th century?
These were some of the questions Colonial students explored today in their examination of Colonial Williamsburg as a center [...]
Imagine steering down the James River, nothing but virgin forest lining the banks. You dock your craft and walk up the hill from the small beach. As you crest the ridge, you catch sight of the most magnificent home you have ever seen, rising from the river like a graceful naiad.
This is William Byrd’s Westover [...]
On Friday, the Colonial class visited Bacon’s Castle, one of the oldest (if not the oldest) surviving houses in America. It is, as students quickly learned, neither a castle nor the abode of Nathaniel Bacon, but it is nevertheless a fascinating architectural artifact. Students learn how to ‘read’ a house, looking for the ‘ghosts’ of [...]