• Click Here to Subscribe to Email updates

  • psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813
  • RSS Colonial Williamsburg News

    • Colonial Williamsburg Progress Update
      Remarks given by Colonial Williamsburg President & CEO, Mitchell Reiss, at the Williamsburg Lodge on June 27, 2018. Good morning, everyone.  I want to welcome my colleagues at the Foundation, our wonderful volunteers, community members and donors, City Council officials, and a member of our Board of Trustees who is with us this morning, Joe Montgomery.   […]
    • Celebrate the Everard House’s Tercentennial!
      What do an eighteenth-century invoice, a circus lion, a boat etched on a window pane, wallpaper fragments, dendrochronology samples, and a 1952 Antiques Forum program have in common? They are all pieces of the remarkable history of the Thomas Everard House that are part of Colonial Williamsburg’s museum and library collections. 2018 marks a significant...Rea […]
    • A More Accurate Look for the Governor’s Palace Arms Display
      Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg may think that our work to preserve Virginia’s 18th-century capital means that the place never changes. Every day, however, we strive to learn more about the past and build on the work of our predecessors to represent the city as accurately as possible. We work from a historical record that is...Read More »
    • As 2017 Comes to a Close, We Need Your Help!
      Courage. Independence. Liberty. These enduring values have been a part of our Nation’s story since the first stirrings of revolution. Here in Williamsburg, the importance—both past and present—of those values comes to life. From the bold actions of the patriots who began a revolution to the intimate details of daily life in 18th-century America, our...Read M […]
    • ‘Tis the Season: An Un-Colonial Christmas
      For me, Christmas this year started in March. I know. I am one of those people who does not decorate until AFTER Thanksgiving. But there I was being tasked with creating a new show for our evening programs at Christmas. And I was excited! I love the holiday season in Colonial Williamsburg; the history that...Read More »
  • Flickr Photos

  • Advertisements

Colonial Williamsburg Plans Reconstruction of 18th-century Market House

Colonial Williamsburg trustee and major benefactor Forrest Mars Jr. of Big Horn, Wyo., has made a $1 million commitment for construction of a Market House in the center of the Revolutionary City. It is the third major historic reconstruction funded by Forrest Mars since 2007 with gift funds totaling $11 million.

“Forrest Mars’ most recent gift for the Market House affirms his belief in the importance of the Revolutionary City as a stage for teaching history and engaging guests,” said Colin Campbell, president and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for his vision and his generosity.”

Early in the 18th century, the colonial legislature set aside an open space midway between the Capitol and the College of William and Mary to be used for markets and fairs. By midcentury, Market Square was an important center of community life with daily markets and auctions.

image

Despite its well-known existence, physical evidence of Williamsburg’s 1757 market house is scarce. The building was used through the early 19th century until it was replaced by a new structure in 1835. During the earliest years of the restoration, Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin repeatedly urged reconstruction of the Market House, but the time was never right. Today, reconstruction of the 18th-century market house will restore one of the central features of Market Square, bringing greater vitality and authenticity to Colonial Williamsburg’s interpretation of economic and social life in colonial America.

“I am excited by the prospect of having a new market building as the centerpiece of commerce in today’s Revolutionary City, just as it was in the 18th century,” said foundation trustee Forrest Mars.

Colonial Williamsburg’s reconstructed market house will be a wooden structure on a brick base, measuring approximately 20 feet in width and 40 feet in length with a shingled hip roof. The sides of the building will be entirely or partially open.

Archaeology on the Market Square site will be conducted this summer. A possible timetable may have a reconstructed Market House in use by 2015. When the new market house is complete, it will serve as the location for outdoor sales, adding to the vibrancy of the Revolutionary City experience.

Previous gifts by Forrest Mars include $5 million for reconstruction and endowment of R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse and $5 million for reconstruction and endowment of the James Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury, including the recently completed Tin Shop, which formally opens this fall.

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: