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Colonial Williamsburg in early stages of ”reimagining” visitor center

Mayor Doug Pons announced the visitor center campus as a location for the future Regional Sports Complex during last night’s State of the City address. (WYDaily/Courtesy of

DOWNTOWN WILLIAMSBURG  — One organization is coming up with a different way to welcome their visitors.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is in the process of “reimagining the visitor arrival experience,” said Joseph Straw, Colonial Williamsburg spokesperson.

“Colonial Williamsburg guests’ expectations have changed considerably in recent years, and how they plan and take trips has changed dramatically,” Straw said. “Last year, for example, almost half of our visitors purchased digital tickets, and that trend is expected to continue.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the visitor center is being used to vaccinate residents as part of the Greater Williamsburg Vaccination Clinic.

Straw said that one possibility is relocating the entrance of Colonial Williamsburg Visitor’s center closer to the Historic Area, however, “considering alternatives to the Visitor Center experience” does not mean the visitor center is closing or moving.

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While the foundation is still in the early stages of planning, Straw noted that they are working closely with City of Williamsburg and other community partners.

“We look forward to working with the city, partners and the greater Williamsburg community to think beyond our traditional infrastructure while maintaining the traditions and history that shape our community,” Straw added.

In December 2020, Williamsburg Mayor Doug Pons said during the City of Williamsburg’s State of the City Address, the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center is a potential site for a future, regional sports complex.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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