Colonial Williamsburg® The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Official History and Citizenship Website

Page content
Reset text sizeResize text larger

WILLIAMSBURG, Department 56 Introduce New Village Series at Special Event in October

Department 56 and WILLIAMSBURG are introducing a new collection of porcelain lighted buildings and accessories, WILLIAMSBURG Village Series, at an artist signing on Saturday, Oct. 23. This is the first new Department 56 Village Series to be introduced since 1998.

Department 56 artist Jeff Junkins will be on hand to meet and talk with collectors at the signing event from 9-11 a.m. at Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center. A signature event piece is available and can be purchased only at WILLIAMSBURG stores. The signing is open to the public but a Department 56 collector’s item must be purchased from a WILLIAMSBURG store to participate.

Department 56 is one of WILLIAMSBURG’s newest licensees. To date, the company has produced three historic buildings for the WILLIAMSBURG Village Series that include Bruton Parish Church, Taliaferro-Cole House, Taliaferro-Cole Shop and accessories such as Going to Church, Caroling in Williamsburg, Telling Stories, Carter Coach and Church Fence.

Working with Department 56 since 1998, Jeff Junkins has designed over 100 different village pieces for Department 56 Villages. He has worked on “The Original Snow Village,” “Christmas In The City,” the “Literary Classics Collection,” “Legendary Ballparks,” “American Pride,” the “Historical Landmark” Series” and the new “Williamsburg” series.

When designing a new collection, Jeff meets with the creative director and learns as much as he can about the building before he begins to work on a design. He needs to know how the item will fit into the series, what size restrictions might exist, accessories that will accompany the piece and color palette.

Department 56, the leader in lighted collectible villages, is part of the Enesco family of brands and is located in Eden Prairie, Minn.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121