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Before emojis, there was Floriography 

This season, Williamsburg Walking Tours will periodically investigate the meaning and origin of the flowers that can be found in the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg and along the rivers and waterways of Tidewater, Virginia.

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Squirrels in Williamsburg

When Europeans first began settling North America, they brought with them dogs, cats, and other standard domestic farm animals that were a necessary part of

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Pollarded Willows and the Setting Sun Vincent van Gogh, 1888

What’s Wrong With Those Trees?

At the corner of Nassau and Francis Streets stand these stately sycamore trees.  In my opinion they are at their most beautiful in winter, when their bare branches and “knuckles” stand out against the brilliant blue sky. People on my tours often ask, “What’s wrong with those weird trees?”  I love this question because it gives me a chance to talk about an ancient and ingenious technique called pollarding. 

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Margarita Schuyler - From A Godchild of Washington
Lin-Manuel Miranda

What Happened to Peggy?

We meet them in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit “Hamilton,” but who were they? Why is Peggy not included after the first act? 

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The Sweet and Spicy History of Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice, a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice, took America by storm when Starbucks started putting it in their coffee in 2003. However, this blend is much, much older…    Medieval European History The Age of

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