Americana: New Additions to A Magnificent Anachronism

Americans look at their past through a special window and with special vision. Unlike the Greeks viewing the Parthenon, the Italians the Forum, the French the Louvre, Americans do not look for monuments of former greatness and glory. Their quest is rather that of a people who feel they have achieved much and expect to achieve more — but who also want to understand the roots of that achievement.

No single place embodies that search as vividly as Colonial Williamsburg, the painstakingly restored former capital of England's oldest and most prosperous colony in North America. It sits on a...

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