Waller Street at Nicholson Street
Colonial Williamsburg, 23185
Powell House Description
There's something different happening every day at the Powell's, home to Mr. Powell (an undertaker) and his family. Don't expect anything creepy, though -- Mr. Powell is simply a businessman, not one who deals with corpses. Kids dive into the experience here, helping change the bedding, cooking up a meal in the kitchen (in a separate building, no less), feeding the chickens, carrying firewood, mashing vegetables, and cutting cookies alongside costumed family members -- all daily chores that can be quite fun and surprisingly entertaining when it's not your house.
Toddlers & Pre-K: While everything can be handled in the Powell home, young kids will not find much to keep them engaged inside but will be endlessly fascinated by the chickens outside.
Pre-Teens & Teens: While young adults might be interested in some of the more seemingly mundane matters -- the spread for dinner or the fact that the kitchen is in a different building -- they'll find the most joy in playing along with their younger siblings.
- Play along. Kids of every age like it when the folks play along, whether in the kitchen using a mortar and pestle or chasing the hoop with a stick in the yard.
- Encourage rotation. Powell House can become crowded with children wanting to play and work alongside the interpreters, so encourage your child to rotate from room to room frequently.
- Requires Colonial Williamsburg admission. This activity is included as part of the admission fee.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open throughout the year at staggered times; check the weekly schedule.
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour