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August 29, 2008

Get to know 18th-century Virgnians through their gardens

This September, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area garden volunteers lead specialized tours to illustrate the beauty in the colonial gardens of the Historic Area.

To celebrate the splendor of Williamsburg’s remarkable gardens and landscapes, several programs are scheduled and include:

  • Garden History Walk. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. through Sept. 29. Learn about archaeological and historical documentation used in re-creating Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens on this hour-long tour that begins in front of the Printing Office on Duke of Gloucester Street. A free reservation is required for the tour. Space is limited.
  • Gardens of the Gentility. Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. through Sept. 30. This hour-long walking tour compares and contrasts how gentility and status are shown in three different gardens located in the Palace Green area. A free reservation is required for the tour. Space is limited.

    A Colonial Williamsburg Freedom Pass or Liberty Pass provides access to enjoy these programs. Make a free reservation at any ticket sales location.

    The Colonial Garden and Nursery, an interpretive and sales site, is located on the Duke of Gloucester Street, across from Bruton Parish Church. Garden historians use 18th-century gardening techniques and reproduction tools to grow historically accurate plants and interpret colonial gardening. The sales area, which offers a variety of authentic plants and seeds, and other garden related items, is open from March through December. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs.

    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:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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