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Historic Trades

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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