Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
50 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Hotel Phone: 757-220-2500
Hotel Fax: 757-221-0653
Contact Lee Ann Ferguson ~ 866-920-4660
Download the 2015 Meeting Program (PDF format)
Last updated Feb. 23, 2015
Williamsburg was founded as the capital of the Virginia Colony in 1699. The original capital, Jamestown was the first permanent English-speaking settlement in the New World, founded in 1607. Colonial leaders petitioned the Virginia Assembly to relocate the capital from Jamestown to Middle Plantation, five miles inland between the James and the York Rivers. The new city was renamed Williamsburg in honor of England's reigning monarch, King William III. Williamsburg celebrated its 300th Anniversary in 1999.
It seems highly appropriate that our conference will be held in a place renowned as a center of learning.
Today, the Greater Williamsburg area is known internationally as the premier center for the preservation and interpretation of American colonial history. It is home to Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown Settlement, and the Yorktown Battlefield, as well as the second oldest academic institution in the US: The College of William & Mary.
Entertainment includes Busch Gardens, award-winning golf courses, wineries and breweries, and numerous dining establishments.
We enthusiastically welcome you to Williamsburg April 15 – 18, 2015 for our 36th Annual Meeting!
Come join us for a conference filled with exceptional presentations on numerous topics while enjoying the beauty and rich history of Williamsburg. We have many wonderful things planned for our conference attendees this year. This conference, designed for our practitioners, academics, students, and senior members alike, will be a conference NOT to be missed!
Did you know that Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living-history museum? Boasting over 173 acres, the Historic Area features hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings, homes, stores and taverns. A Colonial Williamsburg experience is a truly unique one. Guests of all ages will enjoy exploring the Revolutionary City and meeting residents living in this tumultuous period of our nation’s history. World-class museums offer intriguing exhibits, lively lectures, and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Young patriots will find many special opportunities to explore and engage with the Revolutionary City and its residents. Join the army and learn about the life of a soldier at the military encampment. Play colonial games at the Benjamin Powell House and get a glimpse of daily life from a child’s perspective.
More than 20 unique stores within the historic area complement Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels, restaurants, and the Revolutionary City. Also nestled between the Revolutionary City and The College of William & Mary campus is Merchants Square, where you will find so much more than can fit in a shopping bag with over 40 unique stores and restaurants. From home accessories to authentic reproductions – you’ll find the perfect gift, souvenir, or accent for your home. All surrounded by the picturesque beauty of 18th century-inspired architecture.
However you would like to spend your visit – a few hours to walk the public streets; a one-day or multi-day ticket to visit museums, tour buildings and participate in events; or enjoy some evening entertainment – you’ll find it.
Visit colonialwilliamburg.com to learn more of what Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area has to offer and download a free app and map.
On May 14, 1607, the Virginia Company explorers landed on Jamestown Island, to establish the Virginia English colony on the banks of the James River 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Historic Jamestowne is located on Jamestown Island at the western end of the Colonial Parkway, 15 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. The site is administered by the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia). Walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. Explore the site of the first permanent colony in North America and watch archeologists uncover the remains of the 1607 James Fort and explore what they are digging this season. You can take an archeology walking tour, and view thousands of artifacts unearthed at the fort site in the Archaearium.
The Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center offers exhibits, a multimedia theater and museum store. Visitors can join a park ranger to learn how John Smith and others established a foothold in unfamiliar surroundings, or meet a character from Jamestown’s past for an eyewitness account of the colony’s difficult early years. Guests can walk the property and view the remnants of the early settlement, including the only surviving above ground structure, the 17th century brick church tower as well as the archeological remains of New Towne established in the 1620s. A memorial church, statues and monuments commemorate important personalities and events of Virginia’s first capital.
At the Glasshouse, visitors can talk with costumed glassblowers as they demonstrate one of the first industries attempted in English North America. Enjoy lunch on the banks of the James River at the Dale House Café and take a trip along the Island Loop Drive, a five-mile self-guided driving tour that explores the natural environment.
Call 757-229-4997 for visitor information, or explore the website at historicjamestowne.org to learn more.
This unique museum of 17th century American history and culture is a state-operated living-history museum locate adjacent to the entrance of the original site, Historic Jamestowne. Climb aboard replicas of three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, and explore life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and Powhatan Village.
Costumed historic interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early 17th century Jamestown. Attend special programs and events and enjoy lunch at the on-site café.
A variety of tickets and packages are available for this landmark as well as combination tickets for other Williamsburg / Yorktown attractions. Open daily from 9am-5pm. Call 888-593-4682 for additional admission information, or visit the website at historyisfun.org.
Historic Yorktown is now a riverfront treasure, only 15-minute drive from Colonial Williamsburg at the northeast end of the scenic Colonial Parkway. Both the Yorktown Battlefield and Victory Center provide a variety of visitor options for the whole family, in addition to the quaint Riverwalk Landing area with shopping and restaurant experiences overlooking the York River. Go to visitwilliamsburg.com/attractions/yorktown for more information.
This historic landmark is administered by the National Park Service. Discover what it took for the United States to be independent as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Founded as an important port for exporting tobacco and importing slaves, Yorktown was site of the siege and today is a national resource. Here at Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, General George Washington, with allied American and French forces, besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis’ British army. On October 19, 1781 Cornwallis surrendered, effectively ending the war and ensuring independence. Thomas Nelson, Jr. is one of Yorktown’s most famous residents. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, served as Governor of Virginia in 1781, and commanded the Virginia militia during the 1781 siege of his hometown. His home still bears damage from the bombardment during the siege. Yorktown National Cemetery was officially established in 1866, however interment of Civil War soldiers began during Federal occupation in 1862. Call 757-898-2410 or visit the website at nps.gov/york for more information.
Yorktown Victory Center
Near the battlefield where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle of the American Revolution in 1781, the Yorktown Victory Center chronicles the Revolutionary period, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation.
The Yorktown Victory Center’s Indoor exhibition galleries transport visitors from the Declaration of Independence to military victory to the Constitution, the final step in our country’s journey to nationhood.
Outdoors, visitors can experience a re-created Continental Army encampment, where historical interpreters describe and depict daily life of American soldiers at the end of the war. A re-created 1780s farm, complete with a house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop field, and herb and vegetable garden, shows how many Americans lived during the Revolutionary era.
Work is now under way on a new facility, new exhibition galleries, and enhanced outdoor interpretive areas. The Yorktown Victory Center remains open to visitors throughout construction. When the project is complete in late 2016, the site will be known as the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
A variety of tickets and packages are available for this landmark as well as combination tickets for other Williamsburg / Yorktown attractions. Call 888-593-4682 for additional admission information, or visit the website at historyisfun.org.
Tour (20-25 minutes)
A guide will accompany your group and give a tutorial about the Winery, it’s establishment, the Wine-making process, along with notes about Wine-pairing.
Tasting (20-25 minutes)
You will receive a selection of 7 wines: 3 White Wines, 3 Red Wines, and 1 Dessert (This is not including the wine you will receive during lunch). The guide will give a description of each wine and what food it is best paired with. The tasting also comes with a complimentary wine glass monogrammed with the “Williamsburg Winery” logo for yours to keep!
Lunch at The Gabriel Archer Tavern
Lunch will be served at the Gabriel Archer Tavern located on the grounds of the winery. Download event details and full lunch menu here.
The SGS winery tour is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at 11:30am. The cost for this tour and lunch at the winery is $35.00. Pre-payment for this event can be made during the conference registration process, or by calling SGS’s Program Administrator to arrange their reservation by phone at (866) 920-4660. It will be a group event and those who have paid to attend should meet in the hotel lobby at 11:15am.
The King’s Arms Tavern opened in 1772 and became one of the town’s most genteel establishments. From the finest furnishings to the most gracious service, the King’s Arms Tavern offers musical entertainment in an elegant environment. Enter the rustic reproduction tavern and be greeted by a server dressed in the fashion of the 18th century. Hear “the news of the day” from a citizen of Williamsburg.
Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th during the SGS local dine-arounds. It is one of many local options that will be offered on Thursday evening, but given the high demand for this historic location, SGS needs to be able to anticipate how many conference attendees will be seated for dinner.
This dine around has a price fixed menu and requires a pre-payment of $50.00 (meal price, drinks are additional). Pre-payment can be made during the conference registration process or by calling SGS’s Program Administrator to arrange their reservation by phone at (866) 920-4660. Attendees should meet at 5:45 in the hotel lobby.
Get the full dinner menu here.
Tavern Ghost Walk
This is an outside walking tour beginning at 6:30pm certain evenings. Lasts about 1 hour. Learn of the ghosts that still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. Tours leave from Shields Tavern. Book tickets here >
Ghosts Amongst Us
Offered every night in April at both 7:00 & 8:30 pm.
Guests are invited into a dimly lit building in Colonial Williamsburg to hear a storyteller telling a tale “in character”. Book tickets here >
Other Evening Programs Offered During April 15-19
*All of these programs are:
To purchase tickets or learn more information on any of the above programs call 1-800-HISTORY, or visit the website at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com. Advance tickets are recommended, since seating is limited for some programming.