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Privacy Policy Statement

This is the Web site of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Postal address:

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P. O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

Telephone: (757) 229-1000

Information We Collect and Store
For each visitor to our Web site, our Web server automatically recognizes the consumer's domain name, but not the email address (where possible). We collect domain names in order to assess aggregate information regarding pages that consumers visit. The information we collect is used to improve the content of our Web site and is not shared with other organizations.

How We Use Information
We use pixels or transparent GIF files to help manage our online advertising. These files enable us and our advertising partner to recognize unique codes on your Web browser, which in turn enables us to learn which advertisements bring users to our Web site. The information that we collect and share is anonymous and not personally identifiable. It does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address.

Personally Identifiable Information
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Web sites will only collect personal information that you knowingly and voluntarily provide when, for example, you order products or tickets, make reservations, or sign up to receive information. If you supply us with your postal or email address online, you may receive periodic communications from us with information on new products and services or upcoming events.

Children’s Online Privacy
We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under the age of 13. The only exceptions are our Discovery blog, which highlights our archaeology program for children and our Electronic Field Trip forum for registered schools where e-mail addresses are collected to verify registration.

The Discovery blog offers a variety of activities, including activities that may collect information from children under 13. Children can register to view and upload content and comments, participate in contests and engage in special features, among other things. During the registration process, the child will be asked to provide certain information for notification and security purposes, including a parent or guardian’s email address, the child’s first name and gender, the child’s member or account username, and password. We require verifiable written consent from parents or legal guardian before a child under the age of 13 will be permitted to participate on Discovery!.

Consistent with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we will ask for a parent’s or guardian’s email address before we collect any personal information from a child 13 or younger. If you believe your child is participating in an activity that collects personal information and you or another parent/guardian have NOT received an email from Colonial Williamsburg providing notice or seeking your consent, please feel free to contact us at We will not use emails provided for parental consent purposes to market to parents, unless the parent has expressly opted in to email marketing or has separately participated in an activity that allows for such email contact.

At any time, parents can refuse to permit us to collect further personal information from their children in association with a particular account, and can request that we delete from our records the personal information we have collected in connection with that account. Please keep in mind that a request to delete records may lead to a termination of an account, membership or other service.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Attn: Discovery Blog
P. O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

Once uploaded, photos and display names are viewable by visitors to the site and via public search engines.  If a child signs up to contribute content, we will use the parent’s email address to send emails about the child’s activity on Discovery!, including an account activation email and emails when children successfully upload photos or comments or attempt to submit photos or comments that are deemed unacceptable under our guidelines. We require users to choose Discovery! usernames and display names that do not include personally identifiable information, such as their real name, phone number, or address. No material will be posted to the Discovery! site without our prior review and approval.

Offline Information: We do not collect personally identifiable offline contact information from children.

Third Party Distribution: We do not distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information from children.

Electronic Postcards: Although senders must furnish an email address to send electronic postcards, we do not save email addresses on our servers when children send e-postcards from the “Kids Zone.” Also, these email addresses are not distributed to third parties or used for any other purpose.

Outside Links
Links to other Web sites are occasionally provided as a convenience for our users and their inclusion does not imply the Foundation’s endorsement of content or responsibility for use of these sites. Please carefully read all terms and conditions of each Web site you visit.

How to Remove Your Information
If you do not wish to receive information from Colonial Williamsburg, please let us know by using the contact information above. If you are contacting us via email at, please label the email with the subject "OPT-OUT". Remember to provide us with your exact name and address so that we can remove your name from our list.

If you prefer to stop receiving unsolicited postal mailings in general, you can send your name to

Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P. O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

Companies that participate in this service will stop the rental of your name.

How to Reach Us
For comments about this Web site contact the Webmaster.

For a more specific policy for, please view

This Privacy Policy was last updated January 1, 2015. Future updates to our policy will be noted here.