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Shopping In Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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Take advantage of a unique shopping opportunity in Colonial Williamsburg.

The 18th century stores, here, offer everything from children's toys, to fine dinnerware, to plants. There's something for everyone, and don't forget to buy a little something for the loved ones back home.


Find the cure to what ails you at McKenzie's. The remedies offered here are similar to the ones created by Dr. Kenneth McKenzie in the mid 1700's. The medicines come in many different forms; herbs, spices, candied ginger, horehound drops, even rock candy.

Colonial Nursery

The Colonial Nursery offers you a way to take a bit of the Williamsburg landscape home with you. Visitors can purchase, herbs, flowers, seasonal greens, and wreaths. If taking a live plant onto an airplane does not sound pleasant to you, look into their clay pots, bird bottles, and watering cans.

Greenhow Store

Perhaps the best place in Colonial Williamsburg to find a gorgeous souvenir. Choose from items made of wrought iron, willow baskets, fine imported porcelain, floor cloths, fabrics. cooper's items, tinware, craftsmen tools, and other items similar to ones sold by Mr. Greenhow, himself, in the 18th century.

Mary Dickinson Shop

This shop is most suitable for the ladies, or for the gentlemen shopping for the ladies. Surprise the woman you love with silver or gold jewelry, a handmade hat, or embroidered stockings.

Golden Ball

Named for the glittering ornament that hangs in front of the door, this store also offers gold and silver jewelry, sterling silver hollowware, and other items inspired by the late 18th century.

M. Dubois Grocer

Eat like the Colonial Williamsburg settlers did, and buy your goodies at M. Dubois Grocer. Offering such Virginia favorites as smoked hams, peanuts, preserves, wine, Chowning's Tavern Ale, and King's Arms Tavern Root Beer.

Prentis Store

Take home that one-of-a-kind treasure from Prentis Store. The items here are handcrafted by skilled tradespeople that belong to the Historic Trades program. They offer leather goods, iron hardware, and reproduction pottery.

Raleigh Tavern Bakery

Dazzle your taste buds with the treats from Raleigh Tavern Bakery like, gingerbread, queen's cake, cookies, ham biscuits, Sally Lunn bread, rolls, cider, King's Arms Tavern Ginger Ale, and Chowning's Tavern Root Beer.

Tarpley's Store

Take home some fine imported English cream ware, that first became popular in the mid 18th century. Along with the cream ware, here they also sell goods that are handmade by the skilled people of the Historic Trades program.

Tickets, Treasures & Books

This is the perfect place to find that souvenir that you can keep in your home for years to come. They also offer a wide variety of books and children's items.

Market Square

Though the Market Square is seasonal, if you happen to be visiting in the warm months, be sure to drop by. You can bid in a Colonial Auction, or just haggle with the vendors for a price you like on an item you love.

Lastly, don't forget to visit the gift shops that are tucked away into hotel lobbies. Some of the best gifts are found here in these secret treasure troves. Also, in the Visitor Center Complex you will find a barrage of shops that can really make your dollar stretch. No matter where you decide to go, you'll be glad you went.

Colonial Williamsburg
I could do it again next week! Having the 2 day pass was great, but a 3 day one would also have been good too. We were there at 9 each day and left at 5 on the first day and 4 on the second day. Did half the park each time. Needed the 3rd day to take in the plays and events that the park offered. We were looking at buildings when jefferson, or washington or the govenor were speaking at the tavern or courthouse. You just couldn't be in two places at once. It rained on our first day and they let us in early to different things so weather was not a problem.
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-- Joan Merriam - London, ON
Colonial Williamsburg
We enjoyed this, even though it was a lot of walking. We recommend attending an orientation available at the entrance to historical williamsburg, which really gives you a good history of the town and its restoration. The guided tour through the governor's palace was very nice. We had at king's tavern. Great food. We tasted homemade beer from a barrel that was a wheat and nut blend. Very good. Homemade root beer was very good also.
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-- Robert & Connie Ricci - Ft. Myers, FL
Colonial Williamsburg
If you are into learning about our nation's beginning, start here! More information than you can take in, in just one day. Get info from visitors' center or chamber of commerce before you plan your day(s) because not all activities are scheduled each and every day. Be prepared to walk and not all buildings have air conditioning, though they have done a fair job of providing a/c in several places. Governors' mansion a must see. Take a walk back into history.
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-- Joe Moffett - Cumberland, MD
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