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May 2, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg Salutes First Responders in 2012

Colonial Williamsburg salutes first responders and their families with a very special offer: pay for a day and come back all year. Available now through June 10, any member of law enforcement, fire and rescue, EMS technicians, 911 dispatchers, emergency management employees, as well as active duty military, guard and reserve personnel and their families can purchase a single day ticket at $39.95 for an adult and $20.95 for youth ages six to 12 and visit the rest of the year through Dec. 31 for free. Children under six are free.

This special discounted pass for first responders is part of Colonial Williamsburg’s Salute to First Responders program. First responders simply go to the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center to purchase the pass or it may be purchased online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/salute. Direct dependents of first responders also are entitled to the Salute program. First Responders must present proof of status as a First Responder at the time of purchase or at the time of redemption if purchased online. The first responder must accompany minor dependents.

“Colonial Williamsburg recognizes the heroes who are on the front lines,” said Skip Ferebee, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of admission sales and consumer development. “The Foundation wants to thank dedicated emergency service personnel who protect their communities across the state 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center also features a special area for first responders’ families to check in for the Salute to First Responders program.

Additional Colonial Williamsburg Annual benefits include:

  • RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn, this summer’s new alternate reality game;
  • Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg’s award-winning interactive street drama;
  • The new Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury site that reflects the complexity and urgency of mounting a war effort against the world’s most powerful 18th-century nation;
  • Tours of the Governor’s Palace, Capitol, R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse and Great Hopes Plantation;
  • Access to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller;
  • Special programs such as “Bits and Bridles,” “Behind the Scenes Tour at Bruton Heights” and “Rubbish, Treasures and Colonial Life”;
  • Seasonal discounts on admission tickets for friends and family;
  • Free admission for one year from date of purchase;
  • Unlimited access to 35 exhibition sites, 18 trade shops and three world-class art museums;
  • Special discounts on carriage rides;
  • 25 percent off tickets for most evening programs;
  • Seasonal discounts for friends and family on general admission tickets;
  • Discounts on Busch Gardens and Water Country USA single-day tickets (excluding Christmas Town);
  • Free all-day shuttle; and
  • Free parking at the Regional Visitor Center.

    For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY. Passes may be purchased onsite at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, 101-A Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, or online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/salute.

    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 www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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