Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury Exhibit | RTX Traveler Magazine

139265656 webThe Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury produced the necessities of Revolutionary life. Stop in and watch the foundation of a nation forged with iron and fire.

Perhaps one of the most popular sites in Colonial Williamsburg, the Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury played a crucial role in the war effort and today is nearing the end of a three year reconstruction project.

Located just off of Duke of Gloucester Street behind the Mary Stith House, visitors to the armoury will witness work in progress as carpenters, brick layers and the blacksmiths all reconstruct the site.

Set to be complete in November 2013 with a tentative Grand Opening Nov. 15-16, the project is using the tools and materials available to the colonists in the 1770s to accurately reconstruct six buildings that include the armoury, kitchen, privy, two storage buildings and a tinsmith’s shop.

The event will include guest speakers, a ribbon cutting, a tribute to veterans, reenactors and fife and drum performances along with the unveiling of a special cannon and cannon firings.

Visitors today can watch as blacksmiths heat up iron to an orange-red glow and forge weapons, repair hardware and create the tools needed to build and maintain the grounds. Guests can also handle some of the heavy tools made at the site while listening to a blacksmith answer questions on the process.

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