Williamsburg Marketplace Offers 600 Products Made in AmericaColonial Williamsburg’s retail website, williamsburgmarketplace.com, includes nearly 600 items made in the USA – from glass stemware to Virginia peanuts to bird bottles to drums to sterling silver bracelets.
“We offer nearly 600 items made in America – some from right here in Virginia,” said Chris Ellis, director of product management and e-commerce for Colonial Williamsburg. “Some of these items are only available from Colonial Williamsburg.”
Not everything sold in Colonial Williamsburg’s retail stores and website is made in America. Just as in the 18th century – when local merchants imported the goods they sold from Bermuda, England, the West Indies and even China – Colonial Williamsburg scours the globe for products.
“People assume that everything sold in 18th-century America was made here,” said Susan Hoffman, merchandise buyer. “But the truth is that colonial merchants sold a variety of products, most of which were sourced from across the globe, much as they are today.”
Among the variety of American-made products offered by Colonial Williamsburg that are not available anywhere else in the world are Vaillancourt hand-painted antique chocolate molds, reeded C-band sterling silver bracelets hand-made in Virginia, Everard teardrop glassware, Johnny cake mix and birdhouse replicas of Colonial Williamsburg’s historic buildings.
WILLIAMSBURG products are available at www.williamsburgmarketplace.com and in 19 retail stores – located in Merchants Square, the Revolutionary City, Visitor Center and tucked into hotels and museum gift shops. Revenue from the sale of products supports the restoration, preservation and education mission of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.