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Colonial Christmas Lunch & Tour

December 5, 2022 December 9, 2022

December 5-6-7-8-9, 10:30am-1pm or noon to 2:30pm

Visitors gather in the Colonial Chapel, where they see a light-hearted performance that tells the tale of what was happening in the lives of George and Martha Washington leading up to the time that they met one another.

It is May 1758, and Martha has very recently become engaged to Colonel George Washington. Eager to get wedding preparations underway, she and her sister, Anna Maria visit a milliner in Williamsburg named Jane Hunter. Martha decides what her wedding dress will look like, and has her measurements taken, while the ladies discuss how George and Martha met, and express their happiness for the future.

It is July 1758, and George Washington is back in command of his Virginia Regiment at Ft. Cumberland. He has a military campaign to undertake before his wedding to Martha can take place. He expresses his frustrations with the military to his good friend and fellow officer, Robert Stewart, and is soon joined by James Craik who bears good news. The three men discuss George’s engagement, how he and Martha met, as well as his hopes and ideas for the future.

It is the end of December 1758, and wedding preparations are underway. Martha’s dear friend, Elizabeth Chamberlayne, has been charged with several wedding tasks, and she is soon joined by George’s sister, Betty Lewis, who has come to “help.” This humorous scene depicts a bit of a power struggle between the two ladies, but also enlightens visitors as to the nature of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Visitors will have the opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry at lunch time as they are greeted by the newly married George and Martha Washington, who will be accompanied by family and friends. The celebrations will begin as the characters dance for the audience, richly dressed in formal attire. American Village staff have studied historical accounts of the wedding clothes worn by George and Martha, and have re-created custom interpretations of these garments specifically for this event.

Tickets are $40 per person and pre-reservations are required. Call (205) 665-3535 ext. 1031 to reserve your seats



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