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December 16, 2008

CW's Historic Area residents win prizes in annual house decorating contest

Residents in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area homes received awards for the best holiday decorations on Dec. 10 in a ceremony at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Colonial Williamsburg’s outdoor Christmas decorations are known worldwide for their use of natural materials available during the 18th century.

Awards were given in professional and amateur categories. Professional entries are a collaboration between the resident and a Colonial Williamsburg landscape staff person or florist professional. Amateur entries were fashioned by the residents themselves.

This year’s winners are:

Amateur category:

  • John Blair West - Robert and Erin Warren
  • Greenhow Tenement Kitchen - Debra Lees
  • Prentis Shop - Michael Noftsger
  • Palmer House - Robin Reed and Patricia Ferguson

    Professional category:

  • Prentis House - Treva Green, Jennifer McConnell and Channel Patterson
  • Tayloe Kitchen - Dorean Neisner

    Winners are awarded a certificate and $200 each.

    Judges based their decisions on design, originality, creative use of materials and appropriateness of the decoration for type and size of building.

    Guests can examine closely these and other creations during the Christmas Decorations Walking Tour. Learn about the materials, construction techniques and traditions of Colonial Williamsburg decorations. The tour begins at the Greenhow Lumber House on through Jan. 3 at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 25 the tour starts at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ticket price is $10 with a general admission ticket and $15 without.

    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 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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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