Pictures from "The Magazine" in Colonial Williamsburg: Dialuppers I apologize.


August 14, 2006, 03:21 PM
Took a trip to williamsburg while on my recent vacation. Here are some pictures from the "Magazine" (that's the building where they stored the weapons and ammo).

Magazine from across the street:

Keep those pesky Redcoats out!


These are actually the reproduction muskets:

Pistolas (not reproduction):

Early Shotties (not reproduction):

Actual Muskets from the time period:


Small Cannon:

Cannon balls, axes, and a whole box of genuine period Bayonets! :what:
The blades are under the box lid:

A bucket of flints and some musket balls with a mold:

It was neat to walk into the past, thought I would share a little.

High-Res shots available

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August 14, 2006, 04:02 PM
Thanks for the pictures! I love history, especially if it involves weapons.


August 14, 2006, 04:49 PM
nice place...thanks for the pics.

August 14, 2006, 04:53 PM
I dare anyone to call that building a "clip". :neener:

Nice pics.

AJ Dual
August 14, 2006, 04:55 PM
I remember that! I was there on a summer vacation when I was five.

The first time I'd ever knew the word "magazine" meant something other than "subscribed periodical literature", and how strange it felt in my brain to call a building a "magazine" back then..

I remember the big red brick octagonal building, the cannon, muskets, and swords…

Whenever I hear the word "magazine" in the context of a room or a building, I always had a vauge mental image of a tall rounded red brick building.


Thanks for sharing!

August 14, 2006, 05:22 PM
There is also a working gunsmith shop in Colonial Williamsburg.

The Gunsmith's Shop
Text by Ed Crews
Photos by Dave Doody

"Master Blacksmith John Allgood and Gusler worked together, accumulating tools, information, and skills during the 1960s. In 1965, Gusler made Colonial Williamsburg's first hand-forged barrel. It was a difficult, time-consuming operation. He soon understood the words of an old gunsmith who had told him that the process required "a big fire and three crazy men.""

"Interpreters make rifles in Colonial Williamsburg today

Rifles were the only Virginia arms produced in quantity. Rifle production was concentrated on the frontier to the west of Williamsburg. Using the same kinds of tools and traditional methods employed by 18th-century gunsmiths, today Colonial Williamsburg's tradesmen require about 300 - 400 hours to make a rifle. Historians believe that 18th-century gunsmiths worked faster, because they had been trained in the business since youth and did not stop frequently to explain their work to visitors, as gunsmiths do in Colonial Williamsburg today."

August 15, 2006, 07:50 AM
Nice! Did you see the governor's mansion?

The story they told us in middle school about the place was that it was designed to impress visiting colonials with the futility of uprising. Whether that's true or not, the place was packed with arms in all manner of decorative displays.

Guvn'r likely had that many muskets alone just decorating his staircase. :what:

Looked rather like a THR-r's dream house, actually. :)


August 15, 2006, 08:19 AM

It's a very nice home indeed. Although the Governor's Palace is a 20th Century reconstruction - the original burned in 1781.

August 15, 2006, 12:43 PM
For those who have never visited this area, it is a great place to vacation, especially if you have kids. There is a great deal of history and fun in a very small area. Within a short drive there is;
Colonial Williamsburg - a full day
Jamestown - a half day
Busch gardens - a full day
Yorktown - a half day
Nauticus - a half day
Battleship tour - couple hours
Norfolk Naval Base - a half day cruise
Virginia beach - Days

Lots to do and see in that area, and yes, I live in Virginia, a great CCW state.

August 15, 2006, 01:16 PM
Didn't go to see the mansion, you needed to spend more money than we were willing to spend to do that.

Here is the price of history:
Basic Day Pass: $34
Better Day Pass: $48
Deluxe Day Pass: $75

My wife and I shelled out the $68 for the two of us, rather dissappointedly, and said we didn't need to see the premium features of the more expensive tickets. There were 4 or 5 things including the Governors Palace that you can only go into with the Better or Deluxe pass.

August 15, 2006, 02:48 PM
It's expensive, but worth it.

I wish I could remember how much money John D. Rockefeller poured into the original purchase and restoration beginning in the late 1920s and 30s. The upkeep on Colonial Williamsburg is enormous. His son David has given $7 million.

"During the restoration process, nearly 600 nonperiod buildings were razed or removed from the Historic Area; 88 original 18th-century buildings were restored or repaired; and almost 500 structures (including outbuildings) were reconstructed according to the specifications of colonial-period documents and archaeological"


P.S. - re: Virginia Beach => skip it, go to the Outer Banks

August 15, 2006, 03:31 PM
Hadn't been there in years and my wife had never been so it was a great trip for the both of us. They have one of the best collections of Brown Bess muskets in the world. It is a beautiful area of the country too, and nice people.

August 15, 2006, 03:34 PM
They have one of the best collections of Brown Bess muskets in the world.

As a kid I remember the muskets hanging all over the walls in the Governor's Mansion, coming down the stairs and into the rooms...don't know if they were reproductions or not, but it looked great...

August 15, 2006, 03:45 PM
My family and I got to Colonial Williamsburg every year. It's a great place!

August 15, 2006, 05:39 PM
Oh man. That brings back some awesome childhood memories from a really great trip.


August 15, 2006, 06:34 PM
I was doing some work on the house the other day, and found a mini-horseshoe I had made at the blacksmiths shop on a class trip to Williamsburg and Jamestown when I was in the 4th grade. Of course they had the basic shoes, just added the name of your school to it. That was a long time ago boys and girls. 1963, 64 or so.

August 16, 2006, 01:45 AM
Here's another shot of the Governor's Palace.

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