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January 9, 2009

Capitol, Governor's Palace offer special tours for CW guests during annual maintenance

Ticketed guests have the rare opportunity to participate in special tours of the iconic public buildings in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area this winter.

While the Capitol and the Governor’s Palace undergo their annual cleaning and maintenance, guests will be able to see and discuss the process with experts from the collections, conservation and maintenance departments.

Tours of the Governor’s Palace focus on maintenance projects, rather than the history of the Palace and the lives of its residents. Major renovations this year involve a new fire and security system and the electrification of all the wall sconces. Tours are conducted each half hour weekdays 3-4:30 p.m. and weekends 9:30 a.m.- 4:30p.m. through Jan. 20 by reservation only. Ticketed guests may reserve spaces and tour times at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket sales office. The 25-minute tours are limited to 20 guests.

Ticketed guests at the Capitol visit either the Hall of Burgesses of the General Court as historical interpreters focus on the history and 18th-century use of the building with emphasis on the room being visited and the general maintenance, cleaning and preservation work being conducted. Capacity is 75 guests who may enter and exit at their leisure. The Capitol programs are offered 9:30 a.m. - 4:30p.m. Jan. 27 through Feb. 5.

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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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

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