Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Official Unofficial Photo Magazine of Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg Magazine - Vol 1 Issue 1 Collectors Edition from Chuck Thompson

The Official Unofficial Photo Magazine of Colonial Williamsburg.  Free digital copy.  If you would like to download a free copy all you need to do is sign up for a free SlideShare account and then you will be able to download this as well as all future issues of any and all of our works.  You can also embed this magazine into your own website or you can just share the link.

  The good news is that the shelf life of this type of magazine is indefinite.  It will never expire.  We have more coming up as well.  We will be covering early American life, the American Revolution and the Civil War to name just a few.  We will also be introducing a Pirates magazine soon too.  The fun just never ends.  Enjoy.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Some Views Around Jamestown

Thought we would share some views from around Jamestown Settlement.  A great place to spend a day.  These photos are from inside the fort which is one of many areas to explore.

Captain John Smith, Virginia Company

Captain John Smith, Virginia Company, free eBook from Chuck Thompson

Here is some history of the Virginia company and Captain John Smith.  History background for your journey through the historic area.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Virginia Under The Stuarts, 1607-1688 Ebook

Virginia Under The Stuarts 1607 - 1688 from Chuck Thompson

Early Virginia history.  You can read this ebook for free right here.  To put this book into full screen, just left click the icon at the far bottom right of the above container.  To exit full screen mode, just hit the escape key on your keyboard.  Free history right here on WTLN.  

Colonial Farm Dining Table Setting

Here is a picture of a colonial dining table setting.  This picture was taken at the Yorktown Victory Center farm section of their living museum.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

John Adams And The Question Of Independence

John Adams And The Question of Independence" target="_blank">John Adams And The Question of Independence from Chuck Thompson

As we move quickly towards the 4th of July, let us look at what one of our forefathers had to say about this concept of Independence.  John Adams And The Question of Independence.  It's only 5 pages and will soon be available for free downloads once SlideShare fixes the bugs on allowing them again.

Oil painting of John Adams by John Trumbull.
Oil painting of John Adams by John Trumbull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The American Political Ideal - Every American SHould Read This

The above was a free giveaway comic back in 1950 by the National Association of Manufacturers.  It is probably more useful today than it was then.  We are sure that there are many in politics today who will hate to see this comic book recirculated.  It sounds all too familiar these days.   Free downloads are available from our SlideShare site on this comic book.  Also, feel free to embed this into your website or share it everywhere.
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Williamsburg, VA Pirate Stories - Captain Daring

From the golden age of comics comes this story about Captain Daring.  Straight out of Buccaneer Comics.  This is a full story and you are welcome to download a free copy of the story from our SlideShare site.  Take a digital copy with you wherever you go.  Share it with friends and relatives.  We have more historical comics and stories coming soon.
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Friday, May 31, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg Fife And Drum Drummer's Call Weekend 2013 HD Video

We just finished getting the first video up from the Drummers Call Weekend 2013 at Colonial Williamsburg.  We have a lot of video to process yet and will be getting up more as soon as possible.  This year we shot most of the event in HD. The HD processing takes longer to produce than standard video.  We also have numerous pictures from the event that we also will be posting soon.  The sound quality is good but is low.  Just turn up your sound for these videos.  We were far enough away that the sound didn't come through as well as we would have liked.


Hampton, Virginia Under Siege - Attacks Are Eminent

Blackbeard and his band of pirates are invading Hampton, Virginia this weekend.  June 1st and 2nd, 2013.  Downtown Hampton will be overrun by pirates from all over the nation.  Everyone is in for a great time as this band of pirates work with a twist.  These folks are actually historical interpreters.  The events held each day are both entertaining as well as educational.  Pirating in certain respects was an economic necessity during the 17th century period in history.

  At times, it was even legal as pirating was used as a way to defeat one's enemies on the open waters.  This is one of the largest events in Hampton Roads each year and it's no wonder why.  Pirates re create encampments in one of the parks of the area giving the illusion of stepping back in time.

Each campsite has the look and feel of the 17th century. No modern gadgets are seen by the public.  No cell phones or tablets.  No grills or flash lights.  Lanterns are used for lighting at night and camp fires are built and used for cooking foods.

Numerous stages are set up within a 4 block radius and there are a multitude of entertainers always playing on at least two stages at any one time.  Entertainers move around the area setting up and then playing the next show throughout each day.

  Pictured left is Darcy Nair who has been a favorite at these events for many years.     She is seen here playing the hammered dulcimer.

Cap'n Pern, one of the original founders of this event and also Blackbeard's Crew, will be making a guest appearance on Saturday but is unable to participate this year due to health reasons.  He's going to be surely missed as he is one of the most dynamic individuals behind the entire ordeal.

Now there is an inside rumor that has it that Blackbeard's ghost is often seen at night during this yearly event.  You won't catch any of the pirates talking about it as his ghost is not a friendly sort.

  The rumor has it that he looks for his treasure that he left behind and has never been found.  It has further been rumored that there are many pirates that do not come back because they saw Blackbeard's ghost.

So don't miss the fun and excitement.  Did we mention the fireworks?  Saturday night will witness some amazing fireworks in the Hampton area as part of the celebration.  Don't miss out.