Thursday, July 18, 2024

100,000 visitors later: Liberty Lounge looks to expand role in Colonial Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — One hundred thousand visitors and less than two years after opening its doors, Colonial Williamsburg’s Liberty Lounge looks to bring more members of the United States Armed Forces and their families to Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

The lounge has been a complimentary donor-funded rest area for ticketed military guests right on Duke of Gloucester Street since May 26, 2016.

It offers amenities such as wifi, a children’s area, hot and cold drinks as well as military memorabilia the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s collections, according to a foundation news release.

The Liberty Lounge is part of a military outreach effort spearheaded by Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg President Mitchell Reiss

“It was a dream of mine to create a special space for our military guests and their families to recharge while visiting Colonial Williamsburg,” said Elisabeth Reiss. “We could never have anticipated the overwhelming support the lounge has received from guests and the community, and we are grateful to our volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors for making it all possible.”

The rest area is staffed full-time by 63 Foundation volunteers with more than 435 years of collective service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

On President’s Day weekend, the foundation will open a new military information desk at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.

Foundation volunteers will assist military members with the organization’s programs, amenities, and discounts.

The lounge helps volunteers and staff communicate the year-round military discounts offered to Historic Area guests, the release said.

For more information about the Liberty Lounge or Colonial Williamsburg military outreach click here, or visit a Colonial Williamsburg ticketing locations, or call 1-855-296-6627.

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