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A Celebration of May: An Immersive Palace Garden Party

Admission

Open to the Public

Ticketing

Separate Ticket Required

Take time to go back to an 18th-century Palace Garden Party “of the mind and the heart." Thomas Jefferson, the last governor to reside at the Palace, opens the gates and invites residents of the colonial community—both gentry and tradespeople alike—to a fun-filled May celebration on the Palace grounds. Guests of the 21st century will wear 18th-century clothing and be fully immersed in the colonial landscape of traditional music, dancing, theatrics, and games.  Exclusively for Garden Party guests, Mr. Jefferson has arranged a speical sneak preview of the newly reimagined iconic Williamsburg Inn.

 

Start at The Williamsburg Inn

  • Exclusively for Garden Party guests, a special preview of the reimagined iconic Williamsburg Inn
  • Festivities will begin at the Williamsburg Inn at 5:30 p.m. Parking upon arrival at the Inn, with transportation to the Governor's Palace

Next, at the Governor’s Palace, a garden of all earthly delights:

  • A stroll at sundown of the Governor’s Palace and its grounds
  • Desserts and libations
  • A Palace Garden scavenger hunt
  • Rollicking entertainment by the Chownings Performers
  • Fireworks and period games
  • At the end of the evening, a special gift from us to you

Attire:

Costumes are available for rent on a first come, first serve basis*. These rentals will be available for a 48-hour rental at the Market House. Ladies' costumes and accessories can be purchased at the Mary Dickinson Shop, while men's costumes and accessories can be purchased at the Greenhow or Prentis Stores. Please contact the Mary Dickinson Shop at 757 220-7581 for more information.

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A Celebration of May: An Immersive Palace Garden Party

FAQ: A Celebration of May: An Immersive Palace Garden Party

What is ‘A Celebration of May: An Immersive Palace Garden Party’?

Take time to go back to an 18th-century Palace Garden Party “of the mind and the heart,” as Thomas Jefferson flings wide the gates and invites the residents of the colonial communityboth gentry and tradespeople aliketo a fun-filled May celebration on the Palace grounds.

Are Costumes Required?

Yes, all guests must have some form of 18th-century attire to attend. This could range from wearing a cocked hat to a full 18th-century costume.

What counts as ‘18th Century Attire’?

Guests are invited to come in any form of 18th-century attire as this party is open to gentry and tradespeople alike.

Are Costume Rentals Available?

Yes, costume rentals are available, but please be aware that rentals are limited and we cannot guarantee that every size will be available. For more information, contact us at 757 220-7581.

Are Costumes Available for Purchase?

Yes, custom-tailored costumes are available for purchase but please be aware that supplies are limited. Please contact us at 757 220-7581 for more information.

Where should I park? How do I get to the event?

Begin the event at the Williamsburg Inn. Parking upon arrival at the Inn, with transportation to the Governor's Palace.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Most of the event is handicap accessible but there are a few locations of the Governor’s Palace that are only accessible using steps.

Are children allowed at the event?

All participants must be at least 21 years old.

Will food and drink be available at the event?

Yes. Food and beverage is available at both the Williamsburg Inn and the Governor's Palace.

Is there a rain plan?

Yes, if inclement weather occurs, the event will be moved to May 6. If the inclement weather continues May 6, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued.

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* First come, first served. Rented costumes must be returned by noon the day after the event.