18th-Century Technology on Display
The re-creation of historically authentic skills requires research, technical know-how—and years of practice. Historic Trades staff faithfully reproduce a variety of trades in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.
About Our Historic Trades
Our craftspeople not only demonstrate their skills for visitors, but fully master and practice their trades. Most importantly, we preserve our rare knowledge for future generations.
The Development of Historic Trades at Colonial Williamsburg
Since the restorations of two carriages in 1935, historic trades have played an increasingly important role in the interpretation, preservation, and reconstruction of the city.
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