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May 10, 2007

CW offers special programs during America's 400th Anniversary Weekend

At America’s 400th Anniversary Weekend May 11-13 Colonial Williamsburg interpreters and historic trades will be featured at Democracy Village in Anniversary Park.

“Visions of Democracy,” a live production, traces the roots of American democracy and the development of democratic ideals as viewed by three presidents representing three different centuries—Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Performances can be seen on Friday, May 11 at 1, 3:15 and 5:30 p.m.; on Saturday, May 12 at 1, 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. and on Sunday, May 13 at 1:15, 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. All performances can be seen on the Democracy Stage in Anniversary Park.

Democracy Village also will feature a colonial garden to include flowers and shrubs of the period. Historic trades to be showcased include the wheelwright, the gunsmith, the saddler, the cabinet maker, the cooper, the apothecary and the millinery. Guests of any age can try their hand at 18th-century games that include the bilbo catcher, hoops and stick, as well as card and table games.

Guests visiting Democracy Village will have the opportunity to have photos taken as a keepsake and register to win a Free Family Gift Pack valued at $300. The pack includes annual admission passes for a family of four, dinner at a Colonial Williamsburg historic tavern, shopping discounts and other amenities.

The Democracy Village attractions will open at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Colonial Williamsburg is a Founding Colony sponsor of America’s 400th Anniversary. Foundation preparations for this event have included:

  • Serving as the official regional welcome center for the Historic Triangle;
  • Coordinating reservations and ticket sales; and
  • Participating in the sail and Landing Party of the Godspeed as it visited Alexandria, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Newport, R.I., last spring and summer.

    Anniversary weekend tickets and accommodations are available through Colonial Williamsburg, the official hotels of the commemoration, and may be reserved by phone at (866) 400-1607 or by visiting Guests may purchase date-specific, single-day tickets at $30 for adults and $15 for children 6-12. Children 6 and younger will be admitted free. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    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. 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 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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