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Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg may notice things are a bit quieter than usual this month as the historic area rests and revamps for a big year ahead.
Colonial Williamsburg traditionally implements a limited programming schedule each January to coincide with the post-holiday lull in visitation. In past years this draw-down has included closing several of the taverns, hotels, the Capitol and the Governor’s Palace for part or all of the month so they can undergo much-needed conservation work and maintenance.
This year Colonial Williamsburg is taking the respite period a step further by closing a few additional sites in order to focus more resources on staff training, IT upgrades to the website and admissions system, maintenance and preservation of facilities and the new Black History Month programs planned for February, said Joseph Straw, a Colonial Williamsburg spokesperson.
Sites affected this year that have not previously been affected by the programming pause include the historic trade sites, the Visitor Center and many of the major historic sites, including the Wythe House, Magazine, Goal and Courthouse.
A complete list of closures for the month of January is as follows:
- Historic trade sites
- Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center
- Wythe House
- Geddy House
- Peyton Randolph House
- Governor’s Palace*
- Orientation Walks
- King’s Arms Tavern*
- Shields Tavern*
- Christina Campbell’s Tavern*
- Governor’s Inn (closed through May 1)*
- Williamsburg Inn (closed through March 17)
- Woodlands Hotel and Suites*
- Huzzah! (closed through Presidents Day weekend)*
- Kimball Theatre (closed through) Jan. 16
Despite the historic area undergoing a period of quiet and transition for much of the month, Colonial Williamsburg staff have also tried to ensure that certain offerings are still available to entertain visitors to the area this month.
The following sites and programs are available to guests throughout January:
- Carriage rides
- Ghost walks (on select nights)
- Ticketing to individuals for group sales evenings
- The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
- Golden Horseshoe Golf Club
- Tarpley’s Store
- John Greenhow Store
- Prentis Store
- William Pitt Store
- Liberty’s Ice Pavilion
- Colonial Williamsburg stores in Merchants Square
- Chowning’s Tavern
- The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is also honoring bus groups that booked guide service prior to the limited programming schedule being announced.
* Denotes an attraction that is traditionally closed for part or all of January.