Where the Past Is Present and the Arts Are Alive

British Heritage, American Style: Decorative Arts of the Rappahannock River Region, 1730-1860


Permanent Exhibition
Town Hall/Market House

Featuring numerous pieces from the Museum’s holdings and private collections throughout the region, this exhibit highlights the accomplishments of the skilled artists and artisans who settled here from the early eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. For over one hundred years, the Rappahannock region employed brick masons, stonecutters, carpenters, cabinetmakers, ironworkers and silversmiths capable of producing items of the finest quality for the middle and upper class residents of the area. This exhibit, based on groundbreaking research conducted by the staff of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, features examples of paintings, silver, furniture, ironwork and masonry.