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Living in Colonial Williamsburg Photos

By Patricia LaLand

Photos by John Strader
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Edinburgh Tavern at Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg rebuilt the tavern-turned-home where Bill Barker lives to its exact 18th-century details and proportions on its original foundation, which dates to the early 1700s.

Colonial dining room filled with antiques
Barker's antiques—like this family dining room set—are well-suited to the building's Colonial-era formality. "I happen to enjoy Jeffersonian taste in furniture," he says.

Unusual Colonial front porch chamber
The front porch chamber, or vestibule, visible behind Barker is an unusual architectural detail documented in paperwork dating to a 1740s property line dispute.

Colonial house hallway
The home's center hall enables a nice breeze to flow downstairs when the front and back doors of the house are opened.

Antique Recaimer settee below 1755 map
Barker's antique Recaimer settee sits beneath a copy of the Mitchell Map, first published in 1755, and used to help set the boundaries of the United States at the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Reading nook with Benjamin Franklin bust
A reproduction of Houdin's bust of Benjamin Franklin presides over the reading nook.

Parlor with Jefferson-designed draperies
Draperies following Jefferson's own design warm the parlor. The fireplace's modest moldings and capped dentillations are typical of the period.

Floor-to-ceiling Colonial pantries
Floor-to-ceiling storage pantries demonstrate the efficient use of space in Colonial architecture.

Second-floor bedroom with fireplace
A fireplace warms every room, even upstairs.

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