Colonial Williamsburg has opened a new exhibit along Duke of Gloucester Street.
Anderson’s blacksmith shop and the Public Armoury opened amid colonial militia encampments and fanfare the weekend of November 15-17.
James Anderson expanded his little blacksmith shop to support the efforts of Virginia and Continental forces during the Revolutionary War. Up to 40 people worked on this site to create the arms necessary to win the war. It lasted only two years, from 1778 to 1780.
The site has been rebuilt thanks to a gift from Forrest E. Mars Jr. and the work of many archeologists and historians.
Here’s a photo essay:
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Mary K. Tilghman
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