Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation presenting a part of the historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, United States.
Its 301-acre (122 ha) historic Place includes several hundred restored or re-created buildings from the 18th century, when the city was the capital of Colonial Virginia; 17th-century, 19th-century, and Colonial Revival structures; and more recent reconstructions. An remarks of a colonial American city, the historic Place includes three main thoroughfares and their connecting side streets that attempt to recommend the appearance and the circumstances of 18th-century Americans. Costumed employees perform and dress as people did in the era, sometimes using colonial grammar and diction (although not colonial accents).
In the late 1920s, the restoration and re-creation of colonial Williamsburg was championed as a showing off to celebrate rebel patriots and the forward history of the United States. Proponents included the Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin and new community leaders; the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (now called Preservation Virginia), the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of the Confederacy, the Chamber of Commerce, and further organizations; and the wealthy Rockefellers John D. Rockefeller Jr., and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.
Colonial Williamsburg is ration of the part-historic project, part-tourist empathy Historic Triangle of Virginia, along past Jamestown and Yorktown and the Colonial Parkway. The site was following used for conferences by world leaders and heads of state, including U.S. presidents. It was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1960.
In June 2019, its sixth president, Mitchell Reiss, announced that he would relinquish effective October, ending a five-year tenure distinguished by staff turnover, downsizing, and outsourcing.