May 3, 2019 @ 11:15 AM – YANKEES IN THE Streets

Join WBA Director and local author and historian, Carson O. Hudson, Jr., as he presents an illustrated lecture on his book, Yankees in the Streets: Forgotten People and Stories of Civil War Williamsburg.  Mr. Hudson’s collection of stories, anecdotes, and trivia bring to life the people and town of 19th century Williamsburg, both of which are mostly lost in the shadows of the restored 18th century town.  The program is held in the Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) and is included with a museum admission ticket ($12.99/adult and $6.49/youth ages 6-12).


May 3, 2019 @ 4:00 PM – CUster's first stand

Before General Custer made his "Last Stand" at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876, he was at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862.  Learn about the activities of Lieutenant Custer on the Virginia Peninsula during Mr. Hudson's presentation, Custer's First Stand: George A. Custer at Williamsburg.   The program is held in the Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) and is included with a museum admission ticket ($12.99/adult and $6.49/youth ages 6-12).


May 3, 2019 @ 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM- Civil War Williamsburg Walking Tour

Commemorate the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg by joining a WBA Director on a 1-hour walking tour of the historic area of Williamsburg.  Your licensed guide will describe what the town was like on the eve of Civil War, point out buildings that were witness to events, reveal what the town experienced during and after the May 5, 1862 battle, and tell stories about the people who lived through those tumultuous times.  There is no fee for the tour, however, a donation is appreciated.  Meet your tour guide at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street in front of the restored Capitol building (500 E. Duke of Gloucester Street).


May 4, 2019 @ 9 AM to noon- battlefield “pop-up” tours

This May marks the 157th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Williamsburg.  On Saturday, May 4, from 9 AM to noon, the WBA will host self-guided “pop-up” tours at four sites on the battlefield.  Come out and learn why a battle occurred here in 1862 and what its effects on the town were.  The sites are listed below and will be staffed by a WBA volunteer or board member. We recommend starting at Tour Stop #1. Click this link for the Battlefield Pop-Up Tour Map & Directions.

Tour Stop #1: Redoubt Park at 510 Quarterpath Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185

Tour Stop #2: WATA facility at 7239 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Tour Stop #3: Ft. Magruder Historic Site at 1035 Penniman Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185

Tour Stop #4: New Quarter Park at 1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23185


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May 4, 2019 @ 11 AM - 10 PM- BBQ on the battlefield

If the Old City BBQ had been on the Williamsburg Battlefield in 1862, Gen. George McClellan would not have dilly-dallied in Yorktown.  He would have gotten there as quickly as possible and invited all his generals and soldiers to dine with him.  He didn't, but we are!  Join the WBA at the Old City BBQ (700 York St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) for lunch or dinner from 11 AM - 10 PM on Saturday, May 4.  Present the Battlefield Pop-Up Tour Map & Directions flyer to your host (regardless of whether or not you attended the tour), and a portion of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to the WBA.  Fundraising never tasted so good!


May 4, 2019 @ 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM- Civil War Williamsburg Walking Tour

Commemorate the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg by joining a WBA Director on a 1-hour walking tour of the historic area of Williamsburg.  Your licensed guide will describe what the town was like on the eve of Civil War, point out buildings that were witness to events, reveal what the town experienced during and after the May 5, 1862 battle, and tell stories about the people who lived through those tumultuous times.  There is no fee for the tour, however, a donation is appreciated.  Meet your tour guide at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street in front of the restored Capitol building (500 E. Duke of Gloucester Street).


May 5, 2019 @ 11:15 AM – YANKEES IN THE Streets

Join WBA Director and local author and historian, Carson O. Hudson, Jr., as he presents an illustrated lecture on his book, Yankees in the Streets: Forgotten People and Stories of Civil War Williamsburg.  Mr. Hudson’s collection of stories, anecdotes, and trivia bring to life the people and town of 19th century Williamsburg, both of which are mostly lost in the shadows of the restored 18th century town.  The program is held in the Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) and is included with a museum admission ticket ($12.99/adult and $6.49/youth ages 6-12).


May 5, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - The Civil War in 7 Songs

Join WBA Director, historian, and musician, Carson O. Hudson, Jr., as he presents the Civil War soldier's play list in The Civil War in 7 Songs.  Hear the heart-stirring tunes of patriotism and courage that conveyed young men from Williamsburg off to war and the heart-wrenching melodies of loss and homesickness that accompanied them by the fireside through four long years that changed America forever.  The program is held in the Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, VA 23185) and is included with a museum admission ticket ($12.99/adult and $6.49/youth ages 6-12).