Liberty Lounge surpasses 100,000 visitors, expands services

Colonial Williamsburg’s Liberty Lounge has surpassed 100,000 visitors as it expands services for military members, veterans and their families who visit.

The Liberty Lounge, a free area for military visitors to relax while visiting Colonial Williamsburg, had its 100,000th visitor Feb. 3, less than two years after the lounge opened May 26, 2016.

The lounge, part of a military outreach initiative led by Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg president and CEO Mitchell Reiss, is staffed by 63 foundation volunteers with more than 435 years of collective military service.

The lounge is funded by donors and is in the Margaret Hunter Workshop just off of Duke of Gloucester Street. It has hot and cold beverages, wireless Internet and a children’s area, as well as vintage military memorabilia from foundation collections.

“It was a dream of mine to create a special space for our military guests and their families to recharge while visiting Colonial Williamsburg,” said Elisabeth Reiss in a statement. “We could never have anticipated the overwhelming support the lounge has received from guests and the community, and we are grateful to our volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors for making it all possible.”

Colonial Williamsburg will also open a new military information desk at its regional visitor center and will be staffed by foundation volunteers. They will provide information on Colonial Williamsburg’s military offerings, orienting visitors to programs, exhibits and discounts, along with providing information on musket and cannon fire demonstrations.

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