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April 11, 2008

CW publishes third edition of Official Guide Book

The “Official Guide To Colonial Williamsburg,” the comprehensive source of information on Colonial Williamsburg’s attractions, restaurants, accommodations and amenities, has been updated and expanded. The new third edition includes the latest information on the acclaimed Revolutionary City® outdoor theatrical presentations, the recently renovated Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, a history of Williamsburg in the Revolution, and dining and shopping options. Supplementing the guide’s street-by-street, building-by-building descriptions of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area are all-new sections on “must-see” sites for the first-time guest and attractions and activities of special interest to families. Lavishly illustrated, the guide is an essential companion for guests during their stay, and it makes a perfect souvenir afterwards.

In addition to describing the history of scores of Historic Area buildings, the Official Guide Book offers biographical sketches of the famous (and not-so-famous) people from the 18th-century whom guests can meet in the area around Duke of Gloucester Street.

The third edition highlights Williamsburg’s role in the American Revolution. In addition to an overview of the Revolutionary City performances, the book offers a brief history from the raising of the red and white stripes of the “Union Flag of the American States” at the Capitol in 1776 to the arrival of George Washington’s troops in 1781, just prior to the decisive victory at Yorktown. Profiles focus on Revolutionary figures and the impact of the Revolution on others in town.

For first-time visitors with a limited amount of time to tour the Historic Area, a new checklist highlights essential sites. The amount of time required to tour each site is also given so guests can plan their day accordingly.

Although Colonial Williamsburg is an all-around family-friendly destination, the new “For Families” section helps parents choose the places and programs that will appeal most to their young ones. In addition to revealing which sites feature special activities for children, tips on everything from where to locate restrooms to places to pick up a midday snack are also included.

The section on the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg has been updated with information on the expanded Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, which relocated to a new facility adjoining the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in 2005-2006. Several full-color photos of the museum’s new home complement images of the impressive array of antiques on display in the museums’ exhibitions.

Rounding out the guide book is up-to-date information on shopping in Merchants Square, dining in the Historic Area taverns, accommodations at Colonial Williamsburg’s Resort Collection properties and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Courses.

“The Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg” is by Michael Olmert, Suzanne E. Coffman and Paul Aron, with drawings by Peter C. Turner, maps by Louis Luedtke and photography by Dave Doody, Tom Green, Hans Lorenz, Barbara Lombardi, Kelly Mihalcoe and Lael White. The guide book is available for $10.95 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® in the Regional Welcome Center located at 101B Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, Va.; on the Web at; and in many area bookstores.

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 – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a daily dramatic live street theater presentation – is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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