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Williamsburg, Virginia - November 25, 2008: Two men from the \"gentry class\" wearing colonial period costumes from the late 1700\'s are seen walking down the Duke of Gloucester Street. These actors are in \"character\" and are ready to talk in depth about their lives in Williamsburg, Va, during the late 1700\'s.
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In an interpretation of colonial life, these men wearing colonial period costumes from the late 1700's, take a stroll down the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The gentry were the "upper crust" of colonial society. They were large landowners, very wealthy merchants, and financiers. They owned huge tracts of land and usually many slaves. Gentry men, or gentlemen, took it as their right and duty to govern others. They served as local magistrates, church vestrymen, and councilmen. Gentry ladies, or gentlewomen, were at the top of social class and colonial fashion.

Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the United States, Colonial Williamsburg is a private not-for-profit foundation that operates the restored 18th-century capital of colonial Virginia
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