May 24, 2002
CW trustees approve new construction, raise the storehouse walls, host 75th Anniversary celebration
The Board of Trustees of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, at its annual spring meeting April 18-20, approved two new construction projects and participated in events celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg.
The trustees gave the green light to construction of a pedestrian bridge passing over Virginia Route 132-Y and connecting the recently renovated Visitor Center with the Historic Area. The new span is part of the long-term modernization plan for the Visitor Center. Construction begins this month and is estimated to cost $3 million.
The board also approved construction of a new vehicle maintenance facility more than one mile east of the Historic Area. The facility will provide maintenance and repair facilities for Colonial Williamsburg’s bus fleet as well as temporary parking for tour buses transporting visitors to and from the Historic Area. The facility will be operated by Penske Truck Leasing under contract to Colonial Williamsburg. Construction should begin in late 2002 and be completed in mid-2003.
Trustees and spouses also participated in two special events during their spring meeting. Several trustees joined scores of visitors and the historic trades carpenters April 19 to raise the walls of the storehouse, the newest reconstruction taking shape behind the Peyton Randolph House and part of the long-term recreation of Randolph’s “urban plantation.” Trustees and their spouses served as hosts during a traditional picnic and an ice cream social for employees April 20 at the St. George Tucker House celebrating the foundation’s 75th Anniversary.
The board also heard a marketing and travel trends presentation by Peter Yesawich of Yesawich, Pepperdine and Brown, Colonial Williamsburg’s advertising agency, and an operations report on school group visits.