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The Capitol is among the Colonial Williamsburg sites traditionally closed in January for maintenance. (WYDaily Staff)
The Capitol is among the Colonial Williamsburg historic sites traditionally closed for maintenance in January. (Staff file photo)

Colonial Williamsburg will temporarily shut down some Historic Area, hospitality and admissions operations early next year to focus on preservation and training.

The historical park traditionally implements a limited programming schedule each January to coincide with the seasonal lull in visitation that takes place just after the winter holidays. The next programming pause is set to take place Jan. 3-27, 2017.

The Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center as well as the historic sites, trades shops and select Historic Area dining locations will be closed during that time.

The Governor’s Inn will be closed through March 2, 2017, along with selected rooms in the Colonial Houses, Historic Lodging and a portion of the Providence Hall Guest Houses.

During this period, group tours will be available for some school and conference guests, and carriage rides will be offered on a limited basis.

Though much of the historic area will be quieter in January, several major attractions will be excluded from the programming pause.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will remain open along with select Historic Area retail shops, Merchants Square, the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites.

Chowning’s Tavern and Christiana Campbell’s Tavern will remain open, as will the Regency Room and Terrace Room restaurants and the Restoration Bar at the Williamsburg Inn; Sweet Tea & Barley and Traditions restaurants at the Williamsburg Lodge; and Huzzah’s Eatery.

For more updates on winter 2017 programming as they become available, click here.