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A C o l o n i a l C o n f www.smallmarketmeetings.com Venue Showcase 36 f A Colonial Con A Colonial Con f By Kristy Alpert T he clacking of hooves along red-bricked pathways and the gentle rustle from the freshly fallen leaves are merely the preludes to the soundtrack that serenades guests through an average day in Colonial Williamsburg. Once the Colonial capital of Virginia from 1699 until 1780, this historic destination has been carefully restored to its pre-American Revolution glory and stands today as the largest living-history site in the world. The city of Williamsburg sat virtually abandoned following the state capital's move to Richmond, and it wasn't until the 1920s that local reverend W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of the city's Bruton Parish Church, brought up the idea of restoring the city back to its 18th-century glory. His dream was made possible through generous support from John D. Rockefeller Jr., who helped bring the rector's vision to life. When this historic destination opened to the public in 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt was preparing to take his seat in the Oval Office, and Amelia Earhart had just taken off from Newfoundland on her solo journey over the Atlantic. Colonial Williamsburg has always played a vital role in the nation's history, but once it opened in 1932, it began to Photos courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation play a role in the country's future by educating future generations and shining a light on the nation's past. Colonial Williamsburg is much more than a museum, as it takes visitors back to an era when butter was churned by hand and politics were discussed over pints at Wetherburn's Tavern. The 300-acre area offers a firsthand look at what life was like in 18th-century America. The community includes two art museums, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club and the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. Accommodations are avail- able at a variety of properties operated by the Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Group, as well as Colonial Houses Historic Lodging, where guests can stay the night in the historic area to be fully immersed in Colonial life. The area has a long history of important meetings and celebrations taking place on its historic soil, and it continues that legacy with its more than 67,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Colonial Williamsburg's 48 meeting rooms, four outdoor venues and 1,000 hotel rooms make it an easy vote for where to hold your next meeting or event.