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August 3, 2007

Timothy Sutphin named director of CW's historic events

Timothy Sutphin has been named Colonial Williamsburg’s director of historic events. In this position, he oversees the Fifes and Drums, military programs, and special and annual events.

Sutphin began his career at the Foundation as a fifer in Colonial Williamsburg’s Fife and Drum Corps in 1975 and upon graduating from high school retired from the group in 1983. After college he returned in 1988 as field music instructor and became supervisor of the fifes section in 1990. In 1993, he became supervisor of Fifes and Drums, and was promoted to manager of historic events in 2003.

Since his involvement with the Fifes and Drums, Sutphin has had the opportunity to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Lexington and Concord 225th Celebration in Boston, the Paris Air Show in France, and events at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the New York Historical Society. For America’s 400th Anniversary, the Fifes and Drums visited six major East Coast ports for the Landing Party Festival during the Godspeed Sail and played at Anniversary Weekend May 11-13. In addition, he has participated in educational outreach programs through Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute and two National Flute Association annual conferences.

Events that Sutphin has overseen include the re-enactment weekends, “Under the Redcoat” and “Town Unchained,” as well as “Call to Arms,” “Prelude to Victory,” President’s Weekend, Drummers’ Call and Grand Illumination. In addition, he assists with special events, such as the inauguration of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain commemorating America’s 400th Anniversary.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in music from East Tennessee State University. Sutphin and his wife Keeley reside in Toano, Va.

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

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