Richard Charlton's Coffeehouse was a center of social and political life in Williamsburg and was the setting for an important 1765 protest of the Stamp Act. Locals, visitors, and officials gathered over tea, coffee, and hot chocolate to relax and discuss events and issues of the day. Charlton also offered a wide-ranging menu of shellfish, meat, and game, supplemented by wine and spirits. IATH's model (.mov) shows the building's exterior only, but future versions will show interior spaces used by visitors and the coffeehouse staff.
The physical reconstruction was funded by a grant from Forrest and Deborah Mars to CWF. Our ongoing work on the digital models is funded by a three-year IMLS National Leadership grant to both CWF and IATH.
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