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June 26, 2007

CW Web site salutes Independence Day

Colonial Williamsburg’s comprehensive Web site, or, offers a taste of Fourth of July independence through technology. Guests planning to visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area for Independence Day can get in the spirit before leaving home – or on the drive into town – by listening to podcasts, downloading a computer screensaver or reflecting on the words of the Declaration of Independence.

Throughout the month of July, former NBC correspondent Lloyd Dobyns interviews people of the past through character interpretations of the Marquis de Lafayette (interpreter Mark Schneider), John Randolph, a Loyalist, (interpreter Jack Flintom); Eve, an enslaved woman, (interpreter Hope Smith); and Alexander and Barbry Hoy (interpreters Bryan Simpers and Bereni New). Many of these characters play significant roles in Colonial Williamsburg’s popular Revolutionary City daily street theater presentation. Colonial Williamsburg’s Bill Barker reads the Declaration of Independence in a memorable interpretation of Thomas Jefferson.

Posted weekly, the interviews are available by listening to audio files directly from the Web site on a computer or by downloading to an mp3 player to enjoy later. A special Fourth of July computer screensaver will be available July 2. Links to the multimedia page and the podcasts are available from the Web site’s home page

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 tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280