(Re)Making History in Colonial Williamsburg


Once the capital of the Virginia Colony and the center of political, religious, economic, and social life in Virginia, Williamsburg is more commonly known these days for being the site of an immersive living history museum called Colonial Williamsburg.

But for scores of filmmakers whose works happen to be set in the 17th century, Colonial Williamsburg is also the answer to their prayers. 

In episode 17 Candy and Ashley not only discuss how Colonial Williamsburg came to be, but also 3 notable film productions that used this historical setting as a backdrop to help bring their own stories to life.  

Show Notes for Episode 17!


Williamsburg government website

Virginia government website article “John Adams: Filmed in Virginia”

“A new ‘TURN’ bring crowds to spy on filming, meet stars in Colonial Williamsburg,” Virginia Gazette, by Jimmy Larque, March 8, 2017

“Longest showing motion picture in history, ‘Story of a Patriot’ at Colonial Williamsburg, paused by COVID-19,” Virginia Gazette, by Wilford Kale, December 2, 2020 

On the set in Colonial Williamsburg: Mr. Adams, Meet Virginia,” Daily Press, by Victor Reklaitis, February 23, 2007

Wikipedia– Colonial Williamsburg

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Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Amazon.com. Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on Amazon.com and Vimeo.com in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- NoLostCausedvd.com The Theatre Downstream- TheTheatreDownstream.com “The Why Not Philosophy”- http://www.amazon.com/Why-Not-Philosophy-Learned-Raptors/dp/1508557004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455555613&sr=8-1&keywords=ashley+raymer-brown

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