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These are the tools of the cobbler who owned this shoe repair shop. Nothing has been moved since his death in 1976.

Today, the shoemaker's shop in Williamsburg represents the firm of George Wilson, who moved to Williamsburg from Norfolk, Virginia in the late 1760s. In 1773, George Wilson specialized in "Boots & Shoes for Gentlemen," which he boldly advertised in the Virginia Gazette. Boot making was the most sophisticated & prestigious branch of the trade. Following a centuries-old tradition, the making of boots & shoes for men & the making of shoes for women were separate pursuits.