The new book Colonial Williamsburg The Story: From the Colonial Era to the Restoration shares essential details about the history of Williamsburg, Virginia that led to its importance in the American story. From the founding of Williamsburg to its post-Revolutionary War decline and then its legendary rebirth and restoration, the book tells the story with interesting prose and stunning photos and illustrations.





Written by Edward Lengel, the Senior Director of Programs at the National WWII Museum and a former Revolutionary in Residence for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the new book takes advantage of Colonial Williamsburg’s vast historical documents and holdings to chronicle Williamsburg’s architecture, archaeology, and famous residents including Thomas Jefferson.

The restoration of Colonial Williamsburg began in 1926 thanks to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who purchased the Ludwell-Paradise House. In partnership with Rev. W.A.R. Goodwin, the Capitol, Governor’s Palace and the Raleigh Tavern were reconstructed and Bruton Parish Church was restored. From there, Colonial Williamsburg was born to tell the story of the nation’s history. Beyond the colonial era, Williamsburg served as a traditional American town through the Great Depression and World War II. Today, Williamsburg is known as a vibrant tourist and education destination featuring not only Colonial Williamsburg but also Busch Gardens Williamsburg, The College of William and Mary and the Capital Bike Trail.

Williamsburg: The Story will take you on this journey using illustrations, photographs and storytelling – making it an essential additional to your Williamsburg collection.

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