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Learn about book making during the 18th century and George Washington's own writings. 

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“I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.” George Washington, 1771


18th-Century Journaling 

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

12-Acre Field

Learn about Washington’s travel journal from his 1754 trip to the frontier and create a journal about your visit to Mount Vernon.

Exploring Book Trades with Colonial Williamsburg

12-Acre Field

How were books made in the 18th century? Explore the trades associated with bookmaking with special guests from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades team.

Washington's Words

Interpretive Center 

Join George Washington’s personal secretary Tobias Lear for a dramatic reading of Washington’s only published book The Journal of Major George Washington from 1754.

Story Time

11 a.m., 2 p.m.

Bowling Green

A special meeting is taking place in Boston in December 1773. As a young printer's apprentice spreads news of the meeting through the town you'll discover what the meeting was about while learning about different 18th-century trades.  

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