Of the eighty-eight structures at the recreated historic Colonial Williamsburg, most are homes. In colonial America, the home extended a form of trade and business to the community as a part of its mission. Children were taught trades at a young age. The home was the first church where worship and prayer took place. It was also the first system of economics where children would learn the values of stewarding goods and money. Furthermore, it was the first civil government where justice would be applied and the first foreign policy where strangers would be entertained. So it was at the Robert Carter III home pictured here in Williamsburg.
On January 3, 1777, the battle of Princeton took place that helped turn the tide of the Revolution. However, setting the stage for this battle, early in the morning December 25, 1776, Washington secretly crossed the Delaware River to conduct a surprise attack on Trenton, New Jersey. The painting by Emanuel Leutze depicting Washington Crossing the Delaware included artistic symbols like the “star of Bethlehem” over the oarsman in the front of the boat (to commemorate the birth of Christ), as well as the Betsy Ross flag (though not actually designed until six months after this incident).