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(R) Colonial Williamsburg Gunsmith's Shop (Tour and Demonstration)

  • May 25, 2017
  • The Gunsmith's Shop
  • 505 Francis St. East , Colonial Williamsburg , VA , USA


Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Gunsmith's Shop
505 Francis St. East
Colonial Williamsburg, VA 23185

Cost:There will be no cost for this event.

Reservations: Please notify Jeff Wiese at or 804-421-7897 by Tuesday, May 23. Everyone is welcome.

Note: We only have room for 20 people on this tour, so please make reservations early. Let us know immediately if you must cancel so we can give the spaces to someone else.

Chairman's Message:

Our previous event, "Hydrogen Measurement During Steel Processing," was attended by around 20 people. Although the wind was a challenge out on the restaurant's patio, the presentation was interesting and there was some good interaction between the attendees and the presenters.

We congratulate Dave Conley as our new incoming Chair for the upcoming season beginning July 1. We encourage all members to be more involved with the chapter, and you are welcome to attend any executive committee meeting to see how the process works. We also thank the speakers and facilities who enabled this successful season. Our chapter would not exist without the cooperation of industries in the area.

About the Tour and Demonstration:

This will be our final event for this season. We will receive a private tour of the Gunsmith's Shop at Colonial Williamsburg by Mr. Richard Sullivan immediately after the normal day ends. From the Colonial Williamsburg web site:

The work of a colonial gunsmith united many skills, from forging iron to working wood. A careful eye and steady hand ensured each firearm would work as expected once assembled. Today, our gunsmiths use the tools and techniques of their 19th-century predecessors to make rifles, pistols, and fowling pieces.

This is a chance to see the process up close, interact with the craftsmen, and perhaps have a chance to try a few things hands-on.

See this link for an article about the Gunsmith's Shop in the Autumn 2000 edition of The Colonial Williamsburg Journal, and here is a charmingly quaint video about the Gunsmith's Shop, produced in 1969.

Directions and Parking:

There are many different ways to get into Colonial Williamsburg, but parking for our event will be at the Tavern Lot on Francis St. East at the intersection with Blair St. (460-498 Francis St. E.) The Gunsmith's Shop is across the street to the north at 505 Francis St. East. We will meet at the shop entrance at 5:00 PM to begin the tour.

See the map below.

See the full newsletter for more information.

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