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About Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living museum in the country, upholding our educational mission through immersive, authentic 18th-century experiences and programming for our guests.  In 1926, the Reverend Dr. William Archer Rutherfoord Goodwin, with the financial backing of John D. Rockefeller Jr., began to restore Williamsburg to its original colonial state, starting with the purchase of the historic Ludwell-Paradise House.  Today, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area houses restored and historically preserved buildings, 88 of which are originals. 

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational institution.  As we do not receive state or federal funding, Colonial Williamsburg relies on tax-deductible gifts and bequests from our donors.

Donations enable the research, documentation and interpretive training fundamental to the presentation of programs in Historic Area buildings, trade shops, and museums. Donations support the acquisition and conservation of art, preservation and maintenance of buildings, production of publications and audiovisual programs, and all educational activities. Thousands of philanthropic corporations, foundations and individuals are helping to build a base of financial support for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.