Mission: Preserve, restore, reconstruct, or otherwise maintain historical structures, objects, works of art and locations and to promote, encourage, and carry on any historical, interpretive, research, or related educational activities.
Programs: Research and historical interpretation-the historic area is a 301-acre outdoor history museum with over 600 original and reconstructed houses, outbuildings, shops, taverns, and public buildings. Interpretation by costumed employees engage visitors in dialogue with historical residents of colonial williamsburg and at trade sites. Tours are offered through the houses, taverns and public buildings. Specialized tours are available that focus on african-americans, the role of women in the 18th-century, and the origins of the u. S. Constitution. See federal supplemental information for further detail.
taverns and colonial houses-ideal for guests who wish to fully immerse themselves in the 18th-century, colonial williamsburg offers authentic period accomodations in the historic area where our founding families once lodged. Servers in taverns are in period dress and interpret the 18th-century dining experiences. See federal supplemental information for further detail.
products-items sold in the retail shops in and around the historic area become a tangible part of the learning experience. The purpose of the sales are to enhance public awareness and knowledge of the designs and craftsmanship exemplified in 18th-century williamsburg. See federal supplemental information for further detail.