Monday, January 30, 2023

Remembering Betty White’s Visit to Colonial Williamsburg

Betty White took a trip to Colonial Williamsburg in 2010. (Courtesy of Meredith Sprinkle)

WILLIAMSBURG — Last week, America lost a beloved cultural icon.

On New Year’s Eve, actress and comedian Betty White passed away just three weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

White broke barriers for women in television. With one of the longest careers in television history, White’s career spanned eight decades.

The late “Golden Girls” star took a carriage ride during her visit and waved to fans. (Courtesy of Meredith Sprinkle)

The “Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” star brought joy to audiences of several generations, and fans and public figures alike are mourning her death.

While White was often called a “national treasure,” she left her mark locally too.

In October 2010, the actress visited Colonial Williamsburg (CW), where she took a carriage ride down Duke of Gloucester Street.

White, a long-time animal lover and advocate, visited Williamsburg to raise money for the Morris Animal Foundation, of which she served as a spokesperson, donor, Trustee, Board President and more for over 50 years.

The “Golden Girls” star was all smiles as she waved to fans, who crowded around to take pictures and get a glimpse of the national icon.

White’s legacy goes beyond her film and television career – her advocacy in animal welfare, LGBTQ+ rights and other communities will be remembered by many.

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