Monday, December 4, 2023

Colonial Williamsburg to host talk on chocolate and the Royal Court

Dive into the history of chocolate and the British Royal Court on Tuesday in Colonial Williamsburg.

Author Polly Putnam will present an hour-long talk on “Chocolate Drinking in the Royal Court” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hennage Auditorium at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Putnam is also the curator for the Historic Royal Palaces collections and responsible for Hampton Court and Kew palaces in the United Kingdom.

The British Royal Court first ate chocolate under the reign of Charles I, but it became more common under Charles II, then William and Mary, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation said.

Drinking chocolate grew into a “highlight of the courtly experience,” and became associated with royalty itself after being enjoyed so often by the royal court.

The talk is open to those with tickets to Colonial Williamsburg or the Art Museums and is accessible through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 325 Francis St. West.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

Related Articles