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Williamsburg Before and After: The Rebirth of Virginia's Colonial Capital Hardcover – August 1, 1988

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; 1st edition (August 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879350776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879350772
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have checked this book out at the library looking for 'GOOD' photos of some of the older homes and the resconstructed homes from the 1700's. The photos are absolutely breathtakingly crystal, clear, show wonderful asthetic views, and give a simple and linear time frame of ownership and construction/demolition, reconstruction of many of the homes in the Williamsburg area. This book is worth every penny if you buy it for research and historical purposes. Of all the books on Williamsburg that I have ever read (dozens and dozens), this one is the most excellent!
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As a big fan of Colonial Williamsburg, I purchased this book years ago. The story of the restoration is really interesting. The beautiful photographs capture the essence of the story--so it's a nice "coffee table" book as well as an engaging read.
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I have little to add that won't repeat what other reviews have already said. Great photos, fascinating history of the restoration and a wonderful way to prepare for your next visit. The text alone would make a great audio tour guide (author/publisher, are you listening?)
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This book gives the history of Williamsburg from its beginnings as a bustling colonial town to its rebirth as a national treasure. In the beginning of its history it was full of dynamic people and business and it was here that the first college was founded, William and Mary. And to this center of higher learning came many of our founding fathers to finish their education and study law, including Thomas Jefferson.
But, when the capital was moved to Richmond, Williamsburg began a slow decline and slide into decay. The lovely old homes were becoming more and more run down and the town itself seemed to be soon forgotten. Then a clergyman, Dr. William Goodwin, who appreciated our heritage, began his struggle to find a mentor for Williamsburg. He found what he was seeking in the person of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Together they began the slow and painstaking restoration of Williamsburg, one building at a time. What they saved through their efforts is beyond estimation for they saved our very core as a nation.
The book is full of beautiful pictures and wonderful details that should never be forgotten. This is a book that should have a place in the library of every person who appreciates our wonderful heritage.
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This is a great book to get and read after you have visited Colonial Williamsburg. The book gives the history of how this valuable piece of American history was saved and lives on today. A must to purchase after your visit.
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This book has been around awhile, but it does a good job of recording the extensive restoration work done by the Rockefellers in Colonial Williamsburg. The undertaking was really quite enormous - one wonders whether it would ever be done today. We are the richer for it, because "living history" museums help Americans understand and experience their past.
This book is for all Americans who believe there is value in such undertakings as context and as a guide to our future.
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Having visited Williamsburg twice, I enjoyed reading as well as appreciating all the hard work that was begun back in the late 1930's to bring this back to life. I realize that walking around this town has buildings that are only rebuilt in the last 75 years, but the work to put it back to what it was during its hey day is appreciated.
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Thankfully people had the foresight to save and rebuild these national treasures!! I loved all the pictures and the interesting reading about the buildings and their history. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in American heritage and architecture.
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