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March 29, 2011

Peninsula Residents Pay for a Day, Come Back All Year

Colonial Williamsburg is offering residents of the Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg and Yorktown, and York and James City counties an opportunity to visit the Historic Area and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for one full year for the price of a single-day ticket.

Through May 31, peninsula residents can purchase an annual pass for $37.95 for adults and $18.95 for youth ages six-17. The full price of an annual pass is $58.95 for adults and $29.50 for youth ages six-17. The annual pass is good for a full year from the date of purchase.

Colonial Williamsburg annual pass members enjoy benefits including:

  • Unlimited access to Historic Area sites including 22 trade shops;
  • Tours of the Governor’s Palace, Capitol, R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse and Great Hopes Plantation;
  • Entrance to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum that contains the Foundation's renowned collections of more than 60,000 treasures dating from 1600 through 1830, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum that houses one of the finest collections of American folk art and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller;
  • Revolutionary City®, the dramatic outdoor street theater program, Fifes and Drums parades and military drills;
  • The construction of Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury that reflects the complexity and urgency of mounting a war effort against the world’s most powerful 18th-century nation;
  • People of the Past who discuss how they forged a new nation;
  • Special programs such as “Bits and Bridles,” which discusses the stables and rare breeds program; “Gardens of Gentility,” which addresses how gardens reflected status and wealth in the 18th century; “Through the Garden Gate,” which focuses on the historic documents and archaeological evidence used in creating the Historic Area gardens; and “Rubbish, Treasures and Colonial Life,” which showcases archaeological objects the research being done by the Foundation’s archaeological staff;
  • More than 65 gardens;
  • 25 percent off tickets for most evening programs; and
  • Seasonal discounts on admission tickets for friends and family.

    Residents must simply present a valid ID with an address to confirm their residency in these areas to receive the discount. Offer cannot be combined with other sales, offers or promotions. Passes may be purchased onsite at Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center or online at

    For more information on special discounts and current offers, go online to

    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. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    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

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