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There’s all kinds of Anywhere, America chain stores in Williamsburg that cater to students and townies. But we reckon you came here looking for a souvenir quill or limited edition reporting of the Constitution. The bulk of your browsing will be through the gift shops that cluster in Merchant’s Square, toward the end of Duke of Gloucester Street; anything recognizably keepsake-worthy for the Historic Triangle region can be found here. Shops in the Historic Area specialize in different forms of Colonial crafts. On Merchant’s Square and at the main Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, you’ll see places where you can rent Colonial costumes for yourself and your kids, should you want to get into the spirit of the thing.

Colonial Nursery

Neighborhood: Historic Area

One of the cooler things about Williamsburg is the way it preserves not just buildings but animal and plant life from the Colonial era. To this end, the Colonial Nursery is an excellent place to pick up heirloom seeds and seasonal strains of some of the produce and herbs found throughout town. It’s also quite a nice regular garden store in its own right, should you need some cute clay lawn ornamentation, bird baths and the like.

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The Toymaker of Williamsburg

Neighborhood: Historic Area

First of all, the name “The Toymaker of Williamsburg” sounds like a children’s bedtime story. Actually, walking into this wonderful little shop (or “shoppe”, as the case may be) on Merchant’s Square feels like stepping into a children’s story, one inhabited by friendly talking wooden dolls, miniature trains, adorable stuffed animals and armies of classic metal cowboys and Indians. Give in to your child—or inner child, as the case may be—and have a wander inside.

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Post Office

Neighborhood: Historic Area

No, no, we’re not sending you off to get stamps or stationery. Well, sort of. The old post office is where you go for anything faded and written or drawn—or otherwise committed—to paper. There are old-timey maps, prints, old books and entire writing sets, complete with quills and pots of ink for the day that you feel the need to pen a revolutionary manifesto with a feather.

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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum Gift Store

Neighborhood: Historic Area

It would make sense that one of our favorite museums in Williamsburg also houses one of our favorite stores in town. The folk art museum’s official gift shop is replete with clever prints, crafts, postcards and stationery, all inspired by and reminiscent of the exhibits within the museum’s galleries. It’s a clever store for a clever museum—and a place to pick up a truly original souvenir before heading home for the Historic Triangle.

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