Forrest Mars

Colonial Williamsburg benefactor passes away

Colonial Williamsburg benefactor passes away

For someone who never lived here, Forrest E. Mars Jr., who died Tuesday at 84, had a huge impact on Williamsburg.

It may have been comparable to the founders of Colonial Williamsburg.

“If John D. Rockefeller Jr. is the father of Colonial Williamsburg for his visionary generosity in restoring Virginia’s colonial capitol, and the Reverend W.A.R. Goodwin its spiritual godfather for kindling the idea, Forrest was their progeny,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman of Colonial Williamsburg’s Board of Trustees. “His tireless dedication and big-heartedness towards preserving and sharing the structures, lifestyles and ideas of America’s founding era leave an indelible mark on our...