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Colonial Williamsburg Trades

Ancient crafts are practiced with 18th-century methods in The Revolutionary City.


  • Apothecary

    Apothecary

    More than druggists, the apothecary diagnoses and prescribes.

  • Basketmaker

    Basketmaker

    Practical and beautiful handmade baskets carry all manner of loads.

  • Blacksmith

    Blacksmith

    Crafters of hardware for homes and tools for fellow tradesmen.

  • Brickmaker

    Brickmaker

    Molding, drying, and firing bricks for construction and repair.

  • Cabinetmaker

    Cabinetmaker

    Fine furniture with exquisite detail represents high status.

  • Carpenter

    Carpenter & Joiner

    Indispensable builders in the age of wood.

  • Cooper

    Cooper

    Creators of casks for everything from wine to gunpowder.

  • Foodways

    Foodways

    Setting history's table using authentic recipes and methods.

  • Gardener

    Gardener

    Fine gardens, tools, plants and colonial techniques

  • Gunsmith and  Foundry

    Gunsmith & Founder

    Masters of forge, file, and wood.

  • Rural Trades

    Historic Farming

    Middling farmers grow corn, tobacco and cotton using 18th-century techniques.

  • Milliner

    Milliner

    Makers of shifts, gowns, aprons, hats and cloaks.

  • Printer & Binder

    Printer & Binder

    The colonial press is a powerful tool.

  • Shoemaker

    Shoemaker

    A trade practiced in America since 1610.

  • Silversmith

    Silversmith

    A sculptor of silver, from first pour to final polish.

  • Tailor

    Tailor

    Cutter and creator of bespoke suits for every sort.

  • Weaver

    Weaver

    Weavers grow in prominence when embargoes ban imported cloth.

  • Wheelwright

    Wheelwright

    Wooden wheels bound in iron are works of strength and balance.

  • Wigmaker

    Wigmaker

    Ladies and gentlemen are crowned with the latest styles.


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