After seeing a number of notices both online and in print regarding an event at the Dewitt Museum to discuss the burning of the White House during the War of 1812, we decided to attend, as it sounded interesting. Please note that none of the published notices indicated an additional admission fee would be charged above the standard passes that are required for admission to the museum.
When we arrived, we were advised that an additional entrance fee of $3 was required and that tickets could be purchased at the gift shop. The $3 fee seemed reasonable if it had been advertised, as all other fee-based events have been in the past.
My sense is that, since this event was heavily advertised in the Williamsburg area and the target audience was local pass holders who would just acquiesce and pay the fee, this was a deplorable classic bait and switch.
As the foundation has recently outsourced the retail business, board members should consider outsourcing the management team or at least provide some mandatory ethics training, as there seems to be some room for improvement.
As a long-time contributor — 35 years — to the foundation, I have decided to postpone any donations until I see that the foundation is starting to get their collective act together. Enough of this lunacy.
James City County