Three retail stores in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area will close permanently in the new year, while other shops and attractions are expected to close their doors temporarily this winter for maintenance and renovations.
According to a recent news release from the Foundation, the Colonial Williamsburg Post Office, located at 304 E. Duke of Gloucester St, will shutter its doors permanently Tuesday. Items sold at the post office, including postmarks, stationery, prints and books, will be sold at the the Prentis Store, also on Duke of Gloucester Street.
The store at the Colonial Nursery, located along W. Duke of Gloucester Street, is also expected to close permanently at the beginning of 2019. Despite the store’s closure, the nursery will stay open as a historic interpretation site, according to the release. Starting January, Historic Area visitors can find nursery items at the Market House.
The last in the list of permanent closures, The Mary Dickinson Shop, will only be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the month of January and is expected to close its doors at the end of the month.
After Jan. 30, popular items from the Mary Dickinson Shop, including period womenswear and accessories, will be sold at Tarpley, Thompson and Co. Tavern dinnerware will be available for purchase at the John Greenhow Store, according to the release.
Elsewhere, annual maintenance will begin at the Capitol, which will close Jan. 2-4, while the Governor’s Palace will be closed Jan. 7 to Feb. 1 for renovation work being done by Colonial Williamsburg’s Collections, Conservation and Museums and Operations divisions. Once the Governor’s Palace reopens, visitors can expect to see historically accurate cream-colored paint replacing dark stain wall coverings in the building’s Stairway Hall.
Maintenance closures are also scheduled for the Printing Office and Bindery from Feb. 4-8 and at the Colonial Williamsburg Magazine from Feb. 19 to March 1. Outdoor military programming will not be offered during the Magazine’s closure, the release states. The James Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury complex, including the Tin Shop, will be closed March 4-15. During that time, the Leather Works will continue to operate at the Magazine.
The Governor’s Inn remains closed for the season through March 14, and the Prentis Store will close for maintenance Feb. 11-15.
Historic Area taverns and restaurants will also close for maintenance, the release states. Kings Arms and Shields taverns will be closed Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, while visitors can expect Christiana Campbell’s Tavern to be closed from Jan. 1 to March 14. Raleigh Tavern Bakery and Huzzah’s Eatery are closed from Jan. 2 to Feb. 14.
The Cabinetmaker will be closed from Jan. 16-21 and the Joinery will close Jan. 8, 17-20, 22, and 29 due to the Working Wood in the 18th Century conference being hosted in the Williamsburg Lodge, according to the release.
As part of the $41.7 million expansion project at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the Hennage Auditorium will be closed Jan. 2 through mid-April for upgrades. During this time, programming will be offered in the Goode Education Studio and in galleries around the museums.
For more information about Historic Area attraction schedules, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.