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CW gift cards perfect for friends, family and colleagues

Colonial Williamsburg offers gift cards for easy shopping this holiday season. “By offering gift cards, we make it easy for the recipient to find that perfect gift from the options available throughout Colonial Williamsburg,” said Jim Easton, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s vice president for products.

The gift cards come in three designs, each representing a segment of the Colonial Williamsburg brand. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg card represents the Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg, the Colonial Williamsburg card represents the Historic Area and the Foundation’s educational mission, and the Williamsburg Marketplace® card represents retail stores, catalog and online business segments. All three cards can be used in any participating Foundation-owned business.

Gift cards can be activated in any dollar amount from $5 to $1,000 and are good for 36 months after the purchase date. Gift cards will be accepted for payment at Colonial Williamsburg hotels, restaurants and taverns (except cider stands), The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, all retail stores (excluding the Raleigh Tavern Bakery, Outdoor Sales and the Colonial Nursery), Visitor Center and the catalog by calling 1-800-446-9240.

Gift cards are sold at all retail locations (excluding the Raleigh Tavern Bakery, Outdoor Sales and the Colonial Nursery), The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and through the catalog, on the Web at www.WilliamsburgMarketplace.com and by calling 1-800-history.

Merchants Square Gift Cards Take Guesswork Out of Gift Giving

Merchants Square also offers a gift card, good at any of the more than 40 specialty shops and restaurants in Merchants Square that accept Discover, including WILLIAMSBURG Craft House, Everything WILLIAMSBURG, Williamsburg At Home® and Williamsburg Celebrations.

“Merchants Square offers a custom gift card program to its customers,” said Marina Ashton, director of commercial properties. “It takes the guesswork out of gift giving.”

The gift card can be purchased at King’s Treasure, formerly The College Shop, at 424 Duke of Gloucester Street. Cards are available in denominations from $20 to $250 or on the Merchants Square Web site. A nominal service charge for Merchants Square cards only applies to each card purchased.

Merchants Square, the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned Historic Area and flanking the elegantly tree-lined Duke of Gloucester Street, is recognized as one of the first planned shopping districts in the United States. All of the Merchants Square properties are owned by Colonial Williamsburg, with the majority leased to private owners. In 2005, Merchants Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places, along with the Williamsburg Lodge and the Williamsburg Inn®, to make up the Merchants Square and Resort Historic District. For more information, visit www.merchantssquare.org.

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 trades people 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. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

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Penna Rogers
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