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July 15, 2011

Win A $1,000 “Share the Experience” Getaway from Merchants Square

Three lucky winners can plan delightful shopping and dining excursions to the heart of downtown Williamsburg through the “Share the Experience” $1,000 Sweepstakes Getaway from Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned Historic Area. Merchants Square is home to more than 40 shops and restaurants.

The grand prize is $1,000 in shopping and dining gift cards to Merchants Square stores and restaurants and two room nights at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels. The second prize is $500 in shopping and dining gift cards and third prize is $250 in gift cards. Guests can enter now through Facebook, or through the Merchants Square website, The sweepstakes runs through Aug. 15.

Colonial Williamsburg and Merchants Square employees, including immediate families and contractors, are not eligible.

Merchants Square is recognized as one of the first planned shopping malls in the United States. 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. In October 2009, Duke of Gloucester Street was designated as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2009 by the American Planning Association (APA). The APA recognized Duke of Gloucester Street for its unique ability to evoke the past while also maintaining a lively mix of modern-day uses. The hotline, (757) 565-8889, contains information about any schedule changes for outdoor events due to weather.

Merchants Square properties are owned by Colonial Williamsburg with the majority leased to private business owners. Revenue from Colonial Williamsburg’s commercial property initiatives supports the educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational organization that oversees and operates the restored 18th-century town of Williamsburg. For more information on Merchants Square, visit

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

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