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June 27, 2008

CW to develop special Virginia license plate

Virginia drivers may purchase special Colonial Williamsburg license plates for their vehicles under a program with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Colonial Williamsburg, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, to develop and offer a special license plate,” said Colin Campbell, president of Colonial Williamsburg. “Through this initiative, Virginia motorists will be able to support the Foundation’s educational programs and display their affinity for Colonial Williamsburg wherever they travel. We look forward to seeing many Colonial Williamsburg license plates on the road in the near future.”

The proposed design for the plate includes a depiction of the colonial Capitol on the left followed by space for a combination of up to six letters and numerals. The artwork for the license plate is subject to approval by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Department of Motor Vehicles requires the Foundation to collect and submit a minimum of 350 prepaid applications. There is a $25 annual fee for the special license plate, and if motorists choose to have the plate personalized, the annual fee is $35. After the sale of 1,000 sets of plates, the Department of Motor Vehicles will share $15 of every plate fee with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Individuals interested in ordering this new license plate may obtain an application at the foundation’s offices at 134 North Henry Street in Williamsburg accompanied by a check payable to Colonial Williamsburg in the amount of either $25 or $35 by Friday, July 25, 2008. The Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that it will take 9 months from the time Colonial Williamsburg submits the applications and applicable fees before the new license plates are issued. If there are not enough orders by July 25 to reach the required 350 applications deadline, checks will be returned. For more information call 757-220-7275.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

Media Contact:
Tom Shrout
(757) 220-7265