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Virginia Gifts

Original 1913 Souvenir of Opening of the New Wells [Theatre], Norfolk, Virginia icon
From the seller: "Collectible-Very Good. 11" x 4.25" An original gray silk ribbon for the opening of the Wells Theatre on August 26, 1913 under the direction of Jake Wells and the management of Otto Wells. Printed on the ribbon is a picture of the Wells with a caption reading, "Norfolk's Modern Fire-Proof Theatre". At the bottom of the ribbon the "Inaugural Attraction" is announced: "Samuel E. Rork presents The Merry Romance 'The Merry Countess'. " Minor fading and very minor fraying at the fringed bottom of the ribbon. A very attractive example of a rare piece of Norfolk theatre history."

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Virginia Maps

Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895 icon

An Historical Map of Western Virginia With Pictorial Landmarks Along James River and Kanawha Turnpike icon
From the seller: "No date. Circa 1930s. Color pictorial / pictographic map, 17 1/2 x 26 on sheet 28 x 19 3/4 inches, decorative border. Light scattered foxing in margins (not affecting image). Map clean and bright."

1867 Map of Virginia: High Bridge and Farmville

Colonial Virginia Direct Ferry Routes, North & South Across Historic Hampton Roads

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Virginia Cookbooks

Treasured Recipes From Nottoway County icon

Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery

The Mount Vernon Cookbook icon

Virginia Hospitality: a Book of Recipes From 200 Years of Gracious Entertaining icon

Pigsfoot Jelly and Persimmon Beer: Foodways from the Virginia Writers' Project icon
"From the files of the Virginia Writer's Project, Dr. Perdue has collected interviews from Virginia residents on the rich culinary and cooking tradition of Virginia. In their words and dialect, long time Virginians relate family secrets, disagreements on ingredients, and such time honored traditions as molasses boiling, oyster roasts and family reunions. The book covers food traditions from the diet of Virginia slaves to the fish fry and finally the grand feast of Christmas dinner. The reader will delight in the humor and frankness of the interviews taken in the 1930's up until the outbreak of WWII. The New Deal and Folk Culture Series."

Two Centuries of Virginia Cooking: The Haw Branch Plantation Cookbook icon

Culinary Gems From the Kitchens of Old Virginia icon

Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty

Loudoun County Cooks

From the Hearths of Northumberland Volume III (Cookbook) icon

The Virginia Presidential Homes Cook Book icon

Charlotte County Cookbook icon

Tidewater on the Half Shell: Fine Virginia Recipes icon

Celebrate Virginia! The Hospitality, History and Heritage of Virginia
"Celebrate Virginia! is a celebration of all that is Virginia. It honors the unparalleled heritage of hospitality and history for which Virginia is renowned. This beautiful cookbook features a combination of recipes, interesting historical sidebars, and anecdotal descriptions of food-related products for which Virginia is known. Recipes are both contemporary and historical, as are the many culinary traditions found throughout the book. For example, the book describes the unique “Shad Planking” tradition held each year, and the history of tea. Numerous recipes attributed to Virginia’s celebrated sons and daughters are included, such as Senator John Warner’s recipe for Crab Cakes."

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The Williamsburg Art of Cookery: Or, Accomplish'D Gentlewoman's Companion: Being a Collection of Upwards of Five Hundred of the Most Ancient & Approv'D Recipes in Virginia Cookery icon

Favorite Recipes of Goochland County 1776-1916 [Illustrated Cook Book] icon

Tasty Beginnings and Happy Endings-a Collection of Recipes for Appetizers and Desserts.... Portsmouth's Finest Restaurants icon

Norfolk Cookery Book: The Culinary Heritage of a Southern Seaport icon

Western Albemarle Country Cooking icon

The Smithfield Cookbook icon

The Virginia Hostess, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century, Vol. I: Collations, Comfits and Drams icon

The Ketoctin Kitchen. a Potpourri of Meat, Vegetable, Desert (Sic) and Beverage Recipes. Largely From the Loudoun and Shenandoah.. icon

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The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook  
Every year, millions of people visit Colonial Williamsburg's re-creation of eighteenth-century America for the ambience, the education, and the unparalleled experience of glimpsing our pre-Revolutionary past.

Williamsburg's fascinating form of time travel encompasses not only the architecture and the artisans, but all the details of our rich cultural heritage, including the food. And The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook presents that food, our nation's culinary heritage: from stews and slaws and soups to puddings and pies and pot pies--nearly 200 recipes in all. Focusing on Williamsburg's Southern roots and coastal proximity, the dishes owe their inspiration to the distant past, but their preparations have been tailored for contemporary palates--no need to run out and get some suet in which to cook your mutton over the open hearth.

Here are perennial standbys such as Brunswick Stew, Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, Virginia Ham with Brandied Peaches, and Cream of Peanut Soup, as well as Spoon Bread, Lemon Chess Pie, and Mulled Apple Cider. There are also unexpected twists on age-old favorites, such as Oyster Po' Boys with Tarragon Mayonnaise, Oven-Braised Gingered Pot Roast, and Carrot Pudding Spiced with Cardamom."

  The Virginia Housewife
Recipes section features two recipes from this early Southern American cookbook, if you'd like to sample the fare first! You might try How to Roast a Turkey, or Sweet Potato Buns.

Mary Randolph included words of household wisdom along with recipes, and you'll get a glimpse of what life was like for our ancestors before the days of refrigeration, Viking ranges, or (gasp!) dishwashers. It hurts me to think about that.

Many of the common ingredients of the early 19th century will sound exotic to your ears, and there are a few dishes that might want to make you hold your breath until your parents let you leave the table.  But there are more than a few recipes that you'll want to try, too! 

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Let's Discover Virginia! icon
"Virginia interactive CD-ROM with lots of fun facts for kids to learn about their state. Includes symbols, counties, history, geography, and more. All CDs are Mac/Window hybrids."

Mr. Jefferson's River: The Rivanna icon

Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia icon

Photographic Studies of Old Virginia Homes & Gardens icon

Colonial Williamsburg Videos

Let's Quilt Our Virginia County & Stuff it Topographically!
I'm not a quilter, but this one gets my 1st prize award for unique!  Sounds interesting!


VHS & DVD Videos

Williamsburg: Story of a Patriot icon DVD
"The classic film that has introduced millions of visitors to Williamsburg has been shown daily since 1957, making it the longest-running screened motion picture in American history. More than 30 million people have viewed the film! Follow the story of John Frye, played by a very young Jack Lord (Hawaii Five-O), during the crucial period when colonists resisted British taxation without representation, met force with force, and chose revolution. Grades 5 and up, 36 mins."

Basket Making in Colonial Virginia iconVHS
"The crafting and many uses of one of man's oldest conveniences--the basket--are fully explored in this fascinating film."

Flower Arrangements of Williamsburg icon VHS

A Taste of Colonial Williamsburg (Video Cookbook) icon VHS

Williamsburg Sampler icon VHS

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