COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG 757-220-7645 or 800-HISTORY
TTY (800) 637-4677 (Office hours only)
P. O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
Colonial Parkway and State Rte 132.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The colonial capital city of Virginia. Eighty-eight original structures have been restored and others have been reconstructed on original foundations. Interpreters bring to life the historic events that led to the American Revolution. Artisans practice traditional trades with the same tools and techniques as their eighteenth century predecessors used.
PARKING: At the Visitor Center. Width of spaces 12 ft. Also at the Historic Area, but special pass from the Visitors Center is needed. Special parking arrangements are available for Carter’s Grove.
TYPES OF PATHS: Brick, gravel and cement. Accessible buses run between the Visitor Center and Historic Area and make a circuit around the area. Path from Visitor Center to the Historic Area is accessible, but the loose gravel in places and a sharp incline may make the going difficult. Also a main highway with heavy traffic must be crossed to reach the path. Dirt or rock trails are frequent between the sites and bus stops, but brick walkways are also available. These trails may have extremely steep inclines as well as uneven surfaces.
VISITOR CENTER: Wheelchair rentals and accessibility information. Accessible throughout the facility.
PUBLIC REST ROOMS: Located at Visitor Center, Shield’s Tavern, Chowning’s Tavern, Basset Hall, the Public Hospital, Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery, Carter’s Grove, Governor’s Palace, Magazine and Davidson Shop. In some locations, rest rooms are identified by a raised figure with pants or skirt on door to designate men or women. Unisex and/or companion assisted rest room available at some public rest rooms.
SPECIAL SERVICES: Special brochures are available from Visitor Center free of charge.
For guests with hearing disabilities, “Colonial Williamsburg: A Guide for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired”, and a printed synopsis of the Williamsburg story-The Story of a Patriot. Assisted listening devices are also available at the Visitor Center for this film. A special screening of the captioned version of the film is also available upon request. Signing interpreters may be arranged with the Visitor Center with two week advanced notice. Assisted listening devices are available at the Hennage Auditorium for special programs offered at theDewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery.
For guests with visual disabilities, there are hands-on activities at many exhibitions. Information on these activities is available at the Visitor Center. The Historic Area has an orientation walk. A three-hour guided tour of selected sites available with two-weeks advanced notice.
For guests with mobility disabilities, most of the exhibition gardens in the Historic Area are accessible. On ground level with no steps are
- Anderson Blacksmith Shop
- Carpenters Yard
- Playbooth Theater
- Printer and Bookbinder
- Military Encampment
- Wheelwright Shop, Cooper and Rural Trades.
Have any costumed staff person direct you to the level entrance.
Because the upper level of the historical buildings are not accessible, many have a picture book with photographs of the upstairs rooms available upon request.
The following is a list of places which are wheelchair accessible with ramps or lifts:
- Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center
- Basset Hall,
- Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery
- Governor’s Palace and Grounds
- Powell House
- Public Hospital
- Raleigh Tavern
- Carter’s Grove
- Raleigh Tavern Bakery.
The Randolph House and the Geddy House have ramps that can accommodate non-motorized wheelchairs. The ramps and lifts are able to accommodate a wheelchair with a 20 in. seat width. Be aware that not every building is open every day, so consult the Visitor’s Companion for days and hours of operation.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE FACILITIES: Shield’s Tavern in the Historic Area has a ramp. Other accessible restaurants are the Chowning’s Tavern, Williamsburg Lodge and Wallace Gallery Cafe, adjacent to the Historic Area, and the Cascade, near the Visitor Center.
REFRESHMENTS: Lowered water fountains and cold drink vending machines may also be found throughout the Historic Area. See map in the Visitor’s Companion for locations.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Accepted credit cards: V, MC and AE. Visitor Center open daily 8:30 AM-6 PM, Mar 15-Dec 31. The rest of the year 9 AM-5 PM. Special half-price pass available to persons with disabilities. Accessible buses are available at the Visitor Center and at any of the regular bus stops around the Historic Area. An admission ticket is required to use the bus system.