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American history amid the coronavirus: Colonial Williamsburg programming through streaming devices

The Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. (WYDaily/File photo)
The Governor’s Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. (WYDaily/File photo)

Those who are missing Colonial Williamsburg during this time of self isolation are in luck.

Colonial Williamsburg has launched a new streaming channel for enthusiasts to enjoy educational programming and experience America’s history from the comfort of their home.

The new service will be available for free on Amazon Fire TV or on Roku TV under the “educational” category.

“Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums are a place we normally gather to experience our shared past and learn from the lives, ideas and complexities of America’s founding era,” said Beth Kelly, Colonial Williamsburg vice president of education, research and historical interpretation, in a news release. “Our new streaming channel will allow Colonial Williamsburg to reach a wider audience in support of our educational mission, while providing viewers a 21st-century tool to visit the 18th century.”

Colonial Williamsburg has continued to expand online content for fans after the outdoor history museum closed on March 14 and will remain temporarily closed through the end of April due to coronavirus concerns. In the meantime, Colonial Williamsburg has updated their “Explore from Home” section of their website to provide visitors with as much of a history experience as possible.

There are also opportunities for people to experience aspects of Colonial Williamsburg through the organization’s social media accounts. CW recently posted videos of music lessons, history lectures from Colonial Williamsburg staff, and interactive videos with interpreters.

Colonial Williamsburg on Friday also introduced a a new, 360-degree virtual tour of the Governor’s Palace to its expanding “Explore from Home” educational programming available on the foundation’s website and via its social media channels including Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Instagram.

The tour is accessible via colonialwilliamsburg.orgExplore from Home > Virtual Tours, and by clicking at any time during the tour’s introductory video.

For more information, visit Colonial Williamsburg online.


Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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