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Roberta Poulton -- then and now

Roberta Poulton

Roberta Poulton’s Colonial Williamsburg story began at the age of 10, when she and her family—mom, dad, brother, and grandfather—climbed into her grandfather’s car and made the drive from Maryland to Williamsburg, seeing the scenic sites of Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley along the way.

Children with interpreterAs a history lover, it wasn’t long before Ms. Poulton became enamored with the costumed interpreters and seeing history come to life. And like many visitors, she was taken by the Trades, especially the Silversmith, Print Shop, and Apothecary. And it’s easy to see why she would enjoy visiting the Apothecary.

For several years, Ms. Poulton worked as a pediatric nurse for Project HOPE, an organization that provides medical assistance, supplies, and training around the globe. They also specialize in disaster relief. When she came back to America, Ms. Poulton says she spoke to many groups about Project HOPE to drum up interest. The organization continues to provide support to 28 countries.

Her love of helping others continues today. She mentors students interested in careers in the healthcare field, consults on health-related subjects at a school, and volunteers as a school nurse. In addition to her commitment to her community, Roberta Poulton is a dedicated supporter of Colonial Williamsburg.

She has been generously giving to the Foundation since 1993, joining the Goodwin Society in 1998. She also continues to make regular trips to Williamsburg. It was her belief in the values and mission of Colonial Williamsburg that led to her becoming a donor. “I want the children—and adults—of today to develop the same passion I have for history.”