The Children's Stairway in the Richard Bland Tavern, Williamsburg, Va.

Dublin Core

Title

The Children's Stairway in the Richard Bland Tavern, Williamsburg, Va.

Subject

Wetherburn's Tavern (Williamsburg, Va.)
Block 09. Building 31.
Taverns - Virginia - Williamsburg
Postcards - Virginia - Williamsburg

Description

Recto and verso of postcard depicting a narrow set of stairs in the Richard Bland Tavern (now called Wethburn's Tavern.) What is referred to as the children’s stairway on the postcard is a flight of service stairs located in the rear hall of the first floor of the tavern.

At the time the postcard was produced in the 1930s, a ghost story surrounded this particular feature of the tavern. According to a caption on the card: “In this historical house, before the Revolution, there were thirty-two children born to one mother and father, eleven single births and the other in twins and triplets. It is said a beautiful lady with long flowing hair that reached below her waist, wearing a soft blue gown that touched the floor, had been seen to come to this stairway when little children played on it. She is known as the lady in blue or the fairy godmother of little boys and girls.”

Early visitors to Colonial Williamsburg could dine, lodge, and purchase souvenirs and antiques at the Richard Bland Tavern. This postcard of the children’s stairway formed part of a set that visitors most likely could find in the tavern gift shop.

Creator

The Collotype Co.

Date

ca. 1930s

Rights

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Is Part Of

Postcard Collection

Format

jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

AV2001-09-06-R

Rights Holder

Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Postcard

Physical Dimensions

3 x 5 inches

Citation

The Collotype Co., “The Children's Stairway in the Richard Bland Tavern, Williamsburg, Va.,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed May 17, 2022, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/530.