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Virginia Runaways

Created and maintained by Thomas Costa of the History Department at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, the Virginia Runaways Project is a digital database of runaway and captured slave advertisements from eighteenth-century Virginia newspapers. The database builds significantly on the pioneering work on runaway slave ads published by Algerna Windley in 1984. Browseable by year or...
The Diary, Correspondence, and Papers of Robert "King" Carter of Virginia

In 18th century Virginia, Robert "King" Carter owned over 300,000 acres containing many farms and plantations as well as some 1,000 slaves to work those plantations. He was a member of the Council of Virginia and was acting governor of the state for a time. He received a classical education in England, and corresponded widely both within the colony and with merchants overseas. His correspondence...
Colonial Williamsburg

In 1926, at the urging of the Revered Dr. D.A.R. Goodwin, John D. Rockefeller Jr. began a complex and elaborate restoration project in the quiet town of Williamsburg that sought to preserve a few of the more important Revolutionary War-era buildings around the town. The project became increasingly ambitious, and eventually grew to encompass around 85 percent of the town's area from the 18th...
Jamestown Rediscovery

The archaeological site of Jamestown, the failed English Settlement in Virginia that was established in 1607, is under excavation, and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities' website detailing its progress is very thorough and provides many different features to tell Jamestown's story. Visitors unfamiliar with the story of Jamestown should start by clicking on "Jamestown's...
Tour the Town: The Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site

Are you eager to see Colonial Williamsburg but find yourself many miles from Hampton Roads? You can take a most edifying interactive tour of this most famous site, courtesy of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Visitors just need to Launch Tour the Town and they will be whisked away to the world of 18th century Virginia. It's fun to just click on random buildings (such as the coffeehouse) to...