Colonial Williamsburg Gunsmith Tour/Demonstration
A Joint Event with the
Central Virginia Section of ASME
Friday, June 9, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The Gunsmith's Shop
505 Francis St. East
Colonial Williamsburg, VA 23185
Reservations: Please notify Jeff Wiese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-421-7897 by Tuesday, 6/6. Everyone is welcome including guests and other society members.
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 space to someone else.
About the Tour:
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 craftsman, and perhaps have a chance to try a few things hands-on.
See this link for the Gunsmith's Shop on the Colonial Williamsburg web site, and here is a 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 the south side of 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.
Click here to be taken to Google Maps for the location and directions.