Colonial Williamsburg is one of America’s premier living history destinations. Many of the buildings have stood in Williamsburg since the 18th century. Others, like the Capitol and Governor’s Palace, have been reconstructed on their original foundations. There are numerous guided and self-guided tours and presentations; you’ll also be able to talk with knowledgeable costumed tradespeople, and see authentic gardens and heritage livestock of the period. Museums include the Abby Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, full of fine furniture, silver, ceramics, and other furnishings. You may want to come early or stay over to truly explore all that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer! Conference registration offers a deeply discounted Historic Area ticket — only $20 for the entire length of your stay. The standard ticket price is more than $40/day for adults.
By air: The closest airports are Newport News (about 20 miles) Richmond, and Norfolk (both about 45 miles. While convenient, Newport News will not offer as many flight options as the larger airports. Travel from the Richmond Airport is recommended over Norfolk, as travel to Williamsburg is easier and with less traffic from Richmond. We have made arrangements with Tidewater Coach Shuttle for discounted group shuttle travel. Click here to make a shuttle reservation. Car rentals are also an option; we are working on setting up a ride board for attendees.
By car: Williamsburg is about an hour east of Richmond just off Interstate 64. It is approximately 3 hours from Raleigh, NC and 3 hours from Washington DC.
The Virginia Beach Strawberry Field Walk, Strawberry School, and Trade Show is February 29-March 1 in Virginia Beach. If you are interested in plasticulture strawberry production, be sure to come early for this outstanding meeting. The Field Walk on February 29 will visit several farms, and the educational sessions and trade show are on March 1. For more information, contact Roy Flanagan or call Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension at 757-385-4769
There’s lots more to do
- Lots more history: This is a historic area! Nearby sites include Historic Jamestown, the site of the first permanent colony in North America, Yorktown Battlefield, and numerous Civil War museums, and battlefields
- The beach: It’s a great place to visit at anytime of the year. More info.
- Monticello: A bit of a drive, but another great historical – and agricultural – site. Link to more info.