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  The Magazine at Williamsburg
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The Magazine and Guardhouse served as the arsenal for the Virginia colony.

The Magazine is an original building and is octagonal in shape. Inside are authentic firearms and other military equipment. It was erected in 1715. The Magazine took on added importance during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) where huge amounts of gunpowder was needed.

Since storage at the Magazine exceeded sixty thousand pounds, the residents of the city wanted and needed further protection so a high wall was built around the Magazine and a Guardhouse was constructed near it.

Programs at the Guardhouse occur on a scheduled basis. The exhibits show the British and American military forces in Virginia from the French and Indian War to the War for American Independence.

Oh, yes, a replica of a 1750 Newsham patent fire engine is housed in a lean-to on the west wall of the Guardhouse. Would you believe that it takes sometimes 18 men to ooperate the fire engine. They take it to the streets of the town during warm weather months.

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  • Updated May 28, 2005
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