Colonial Williamsburg® The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Official History and Citizenship Website

Page content
Reset text sizeResize text larger

November 10, 2011

Lady Dunmore’s Ball to be the Social Event of the Season!

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. 10 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Palace. Black tie or 18th-century gentry dress is suggested.

Guests have the opportunity to discuss matters of the day and dance with the finest of Virginia society, encounter diplomatic ambassadors from the Shawnee Nation, tour the Governor’s Palace by candlelight and enjoy other entertainments including English dance music in the ballroom performed by the Governor’s Musick.

As guests stroll throughout the fire-lit gardens, they discover European folk tunes and traditional African songs played by various bands of servants, imported travelling players performing stage entertainments and theatrical scenes behind the Palace. At the evening’s conclusion, Lord and Lady Dunmore will address the gathering outdoors from the south balcony with warm wishes for the season complete with a musket salute by the military guard.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres with hot buttered rum and cider will be served during the evening.

Tickets are $100. 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. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121