February 4, 2009
CW provides meeting space rich with history and purpose
Meetings have been integral to our American heritage since Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry and other ousted members of the House of Burgesses debated independence from King George in the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg in the middle of the 18th century. Indeed, the nation’s oldest academic honor society – Phi Beta Kappa – was founded by five College of William and Mary students who held their first meeting in that same Apollo Room, Dec. 5, 1776. Important meetings have been taking place in Williamsburg ever since.
Today, Colonial Williamsburg offers ideal venues for 21st-century meetings and conferences of all types. And, when groups hold an event in one of the properties of Colonial Williamsburg’s Resort Collection, they help to preserve the very history of our country. The Resort Collection is owned by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the private, not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century revolutionary capital of Virginia. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg resort products and services supports the foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Colonial Williamsburg’s first benefactor was John D. Rockefeller Jr., whose mission for the Foundation he generously supported was “that the future may learn from the past.”
The Resort Collection provides several conference settings to serve the individual needs of every group, from intimate to expansive, luxurious to economical, and corporate to casual. The renowned Williamsburg Inn offers 62 guest rooms and 9,000 square feet of meeting and function space with elegant Regency-style décor. The nearby Providence Hall, which accommodated President Reagan during the G7 Economic Summit, provides an executive board room in a secluded 18th-century home that includes fireplaces, three spacious bedrooms with sitting rooms and private baths, a library, garden room, terrace and adjoining carriage house with two additional bedrooms and baths.
The folk-art inspired Williamsburg Lodge is one of the Mid Atlantic’s premier meeting and conference locations with 323 guest rooms and suites. The facility – which received an extensive renovation and expansion in 2006 – offers leisure and conference guests gracious Southern hospitality and special amenities with 45,000 square feet of versatile function space, an 11,200-square-foot ballroom (Virginia Room), a 6,700-square-foot ballroom (Colony Room), 28 meeting rooms and four outdoor event areas. The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites provides superb value in a beautiful setting, with 300 guest rooms and suites and 12,812 square feet of function space overlooking a serene stream and waterfall.
The Resort Collection offers the unique opportunity to incorporate various elements of Colonial Williamsburg’s historical programming into the meeting agenda. Options range from hosting a spirited debate between Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg’s interpreters) to receiving an escort from the celebrated Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. When the meetings adjourn, groups can enjoy a range of recreational activities including admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area – the world’s largest living history museum – and access to The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, unique shopping with more than 40 boutiques and dining options to suit many different tastes and price ranges. Colonial Williamsburg is easily accessible with convenient proximity to three international airports within a 45-minute radius.
For more information about supporting historical preservation and American history education with a business meeting, visit www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com/groups.