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About Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is a living, breathing 18th-century city, where the dawn of America is captured in time. Our ideals and values as Americans and citizens of the world were shaped here.

We are a touchstone for the connective memories of America — past and future.

We are the 18th century “live,” with the structures that stood here, the trades and establishments that thrived here, the residents who lived here, and the undercurrent of revolution that led to who and where we are. We’re the place where the idea of our country is emerging; the place where Nation Builders are defining the ideals we stand for as Americans. The shared American story begins here — all of it: the good and the bad.

Yes, we are an historic treasure. But we’re more than a collection of buildings.

We are a vibrant community on the cusp of change, with issues, emotions and beliefs that are still relevant today. We are a place — and a moment — that must be experienced by every person who wants to understand this country and each other.

We are world-renowned experts, with a contagious curiosity. We are passionate about the discovery and exploration of America’s enduring story and are dedicated to connecting you to it and to each other.

We are integrity. We are bravery. We are fear, hope, and promise. We are the most important emotions of our country’s past, in the present tense.

It sounds like a big deal, we know. But we are also welcoming. We are approachable, dynamic, engaging, and entertaining. We invite people of all kinds from all generations.

You’ll be moved. You’ll be changed. As you step back in time and meet the people who made America, you will have fun. And you will become part of the enduring American story. Because this isn’t just a place where things once happened.

They’re still happening. You see, the story never ends. It endures.

  • OUR mission

    To feed the human spirit by sharing America’s enduring story

  • our foundation

    Colonial Williamsburg is a private, donor-funded organization. Our 300+ acres feature more than 40 historic sites and trades, four historic taverns, and two world-class art museums. We are open 365 days a year.

  • mutual respect

    Code of Ethics

    Colonial Williamsburg strives to conduct its activities in accordance with the highest ethical standards to assure accountability, informed decision-making, and policies that are consistent with the institution’s mission statement and public service responsibility. This is articulated in the Foundation’s mission and is supported by numerous policies and standards. Download our Code of Ethics.

    When You Visit

    In order to create a safe environment and community, we ask you to use your 21st-century manners when you visit. Our costumed interpreters are happy to share with you the stories of the past, but please be respectful. Do not touch our interpreters without consent and please abstain from inappropriate or disrespectful language.

  • environmental initiatives

    Preserving the environment so that future generations may learn from our history is important to us. Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to participate in the Virginia Green Lodging and the Virginia Green Restaurant statewide environmental protection programs.

    Colonial Williamsburg encourages recycling in the Historic Area and in our modern facilities by providing well-marked recycling receptacles. In addition, we provide a recycling center for our employees. The weekly map and program guide This Week follows the FSC Mixed Sources guidelines and is printed using controlled wood standards and recycled fiber.

  • leadership

    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees

    Thurston R. Moore

    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Special Counsel
    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
    Richmond, Virginia

    Cliff Fleet

    The Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Distinguished Presidential Chair
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Williamsburg, Virginia

    Kendrick F. Ashton, Jr.

    Co-Founder and Managing Partner
    The St. James Group LLC
    Arlington, Virginia

    Edward L. Ayers

    Tucker-Boatwright Professor
    of the Humanities
    and President Emeritus
    University of Richmond
    Richmond, Virginia

    Frank Batten, Jr.

    Dominion Enterprises
    Norfolk, Virginia

    Catharine O'Neill Broderick

    Former Trustee
    Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

    Mark A. Coblitz

    Senior Vice President (Ret.)
    Comcast Corporation
    Wayne, Pennsylvania

    Walter Edgar

    Professor of History Emeritus
    and Claude Henry Neuffer
    Professor of Southern Studies Emeritus
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, South Carolina

    Carly Fiorina

    Chair, Carly Fiorina Enterprises
    Former Chair, CEO Hewlett-Packard
    Washington, D.C.

    Neil M. Gorsuch

    Associate Justice
    Supreme Court of the United States
    Washington, D.C.

    Conrad M. Hall

    President and CEO (Ret.)
    Dominion Enterprises
    Norfolk, VA

    Anthony M. Kennedy

    Associate Justice
    Supreme Court of the United States
    Washington, D.C.

    John A. Luke, Jr.

    WestRock Company
    Richmond, Virginia

    Leslie A. Miller

    Leslie A. Miller, Esq., LLC
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Steven L. Miller

    Chairman and President
    SLM Discover Ventures, Inc
    Houston, Texas

    Joseph W. Montgomery

    Managing Director-Investments
    Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
    Williamsburg, Virginia

    Gerald L. Shaheen

    President (Ret.)
    Caterpillar, Inc.
    Peoria, Illinois

    Joseph Christopher Simmons

    Managing Partner (Ret.)
    PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
    Memphis, Tennessee

    Sheldon M. Stone

    Principal and Portfolio Manager
    Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
    Los Angeles, California

    Y. Ping Sun

    University Representative
    Rice University
    Houston, Texas

    Chairmen Emeriti

    Colin G. Campbell

    Chairman Emeritus
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Williamsburg, Virginia

    Henry C. Wolf

    Chairman Emeritus
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Williamsburg, Virginia

    Charles R. Longsworth

    Chairman Emeritus
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Royalston, Massachusetts

    Thomas F. Farrell II

    Chairman Emeritus
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Richmond, Virginia