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November 30, 2010

Mingle with 18th-century British Nobility during Governor’s Palace Ball

Lord and Lady Dunmore host the social event of the year to celebrate the birth night of Queen Charlotte, wife of British King George III, and the christening of their newborn baby, Virginia, during “Lady Dunmore’s Ball,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Palace by candlelight. Black tie dress suggested.

Members of Virginia’s gentry will be exchanging gossip, discussing political events of the day, playing card games, dancing with guests and strolling through the gardens lit by cressets and lanthorns. Hot buttered rum will be served behind the Palace, and guests are challenged to find their way to the center of the Garden Maze. Those who do will be rewarded with cookies at its center.

Members of the enslaved community will be dancing and playing music in the stable yard while other servants and staff will be playing music and swapping stories in the Palace Advance buildings. Strolling entertainers will be throughout the gardens to delight the guests with merriment, music and magic.

During the evening, Lord and Lady Dunmore will minuet in the ballroom and invite their guests, including members of the Shawnee delegation, to join them in country dances.

At 9:30 p.m., Lord Dunmore will address the assembled guests from the balcony of the Palace accompanied by a musket salute to conclude the evening.

Throughout the evening, guests on Palace Green can treat themselves to a carriage ride for $5 and enjoy strolling musicians and entertainments at the Play Booth. Refreshments will be sold at McKenzie’s Store.

Tickets are $65. Reserve tickets for this one-night-only event by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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