A history of the Gunsmith Shop in the Colonial
Williamsburg Foundation's Historic Area was presented in the article
Williamsburg, Gateway to the Past by James Wright in Volume
1, Number 1 of American Traditions -- the Journal of the
Contemporary Longrifle Association in January of 2010.
American Traditions is a membership magazine available only to
members of the Contemporary Longrifle
American Traditions Article 2010.pdf
The pictures below are from 1973 to 1990 when I was
working full time in the shop.
(Scroll down for more pictures from the shop and a link
to another article about the shop.)
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Gunsmith Shop was located on Francis
Street near the Capitol from 1967 until 2008. In 2008 it was moved to
the lot where James Geddy Sr. and two of his son's William and David
carried on the trade in the mid-18th century. (In this picture, taken
after hours, the windows are shuttered for security.)
Colonial era signs were often designed so that customers who could
not read could still identify the business within. This hand carved
wooden sign dates from 1966 and can be seen in the Gunsmith of
Colonial Williamsburg Journal
article on the Gunsmith's Shop written in 2000 by Ed Crew.
Postcard with Jon Laubach and me, 1973. The rifle in the foreground was made
in 1967 and has one of the first hand made barrels. It was welded up a couple of
years earlier out of 1020 steel because we had not yet found a good source for
1974--Fun at the forge, welding a rifle barrel--photo by Jay Gaynor.
1978 -- The rifle in the foreground is the "movie rifle" made by Wallace Gusler
in the Gunsmith of Williamsburg film in 1968.
About 1986-- Four original rifles on the wall; 1973 wood box rifle and a fowler on
the bench so guests could handle them.
July 1989-- George Suiter and I examine a completed restoration project.
Twenty year anniversary with Colonial Williamsburg--November 1989-- two months before a "temporary" assignment moved me from
being the Master Gunsmith to museum administration in interpretive planning.
I never returned to the shop.