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Virginia: Chance to Showcase American History

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Virginia: Chance to Showcase American History

Tomorrow, the City of Williamsburg Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a proposal to construct a historic musket firing range at Colonial Williamsburg.  Under this proposal, an educational firing range conforming to industry standards will be constructed and staff will be trained and certified as firearm instructors in order to provide a program where visitors may shoot historic firearms such as a Brown Bess musket, a long rifle, and a blunderbuss shotgun.

As you likely already know, firearms were an indispensable part of daily life in colonial America. Firearms were especially important when our forefathers fought for independence from the British Empire in the American Revolution.  Colonial Williamsburg already includes some of this history in its immersive experience by featuring historical reenactments, a gunsmith shop, and a blacksmith shop, all worked by knowledgeable staff who already have a cumulative experience of more than 150 years shooting black powder firearms.  This firing range will be a great supplement to teach this history to visitors from around the country and the world in a fun, safe, and engaging manner.

Please consider attending this hearing to voice your support for this chance to showcase the history of both the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The hearing will be held tomorrow, July 15th, from 3:30PM-6:00PM in the 3rd floor conference room of the Municipal Building at 401 Lafayette St. Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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