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Take a walk down Duke of Gloucester Street to see how Williamsburg, a city at the heart of the debate over American independence, looks in 1776. The Fifth Virginia Convention is meeting in the Capitol, soon to vote on whether to propose independence to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The adjacent Secretary’s Office holds Virginia’s most important records. To the west, store owners such as haberdasher Beverly Dickson and milliner Margaret Hunter anxiously contemplate the impact a declaration will have on the Virginia economy. In the Raleigh Tavern, Virginia’s citizens meet to discuss the latest events. East of the Capitol, the Old Playhouse remains shuttered, although you can experience what it was like during its heyday, on an evening in 1772.