Welcome to the 175th Anniversary Celebration page!
The first week of August is just over the horizon, so time is growing short to register to join us in Colonial Williamsburg for our 175th Anniversary Celebration. The Registration Page is offering Regular Pricing for four packages and for several events which can be selected separately. But these package prices and a la carte event prices will increase on Saturday, July 23, when Late Pricing will go into effect and then remain in effect through the 175th week. So click on the Registration Page, review the Pricing Chart to determine what will work best for you and then continue to register yourself and your guest(s).
The cupola of the Capitol Building
The Governor's Palace, former home of
seven royal governors, Patrick Henry
and Thomas Jefferson
Chi Psi Fraternity expresses our
appreciation to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for the use of its photographs.
Making hotel room reservations is particularly urgent! Colonial Williamsburg is a summer vacation destination, so rooms are likely to sell out for some of the nights during our 175th week. On Saturday, July 2, the few rooms which remained in our room block were returned to CW’s general reservations system and our online reservation system was turned off. However, you can still make a room reservation by phone. First, click the Hotel Information button below and review the room options. Then, call 1-800-261-9530 and tell the reservation person that you want to reserve a room with the Chi Psi group code 13698. If a room is still available in one of the categories which were in our original block, you will be able to reserve it at our group rate. If none remain available, you will need to make a reservation for whatever is available for the evenings you have chosen.
Also, be sure to review all of the material which is accessible using the buttons below which provide information about Area Activities and Day Trip Destinations.
And scroll down the page to see the 175th merchandise items which now can be ordered for pickup in CW during the 175th week or to be shipped. We will have the “Collect the Set” options for the 175th t-shirts available onsite in CW so you can purchase the set for all six years or complete the set by adding to the ones which you already have.
Click here to register now!
We welcome additional ideas as we continue to develop the plans for the 175th Anniversary Celebration. To submit an idea, please complete this short form, or email us at email@example.com.
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Did you know...
. . . that the men playing the fifes and drums in the banner photos on these 175th Anniversary Celebration pages actually are portraying Americans even though their uniforms seem to make them British “Red Coats”? We have been asked why we seem to be using Red Coat re-enactors to promote the 175th. So, here is the situation as explained by a director of the CW Fifes & Drums unit.
“Musicians during the American Revolution wore the reverse of the infantry that they supported. Troops of the Virginia State Garrison Regiment (the unit we represent), wore blue coats with red facings (collar and cuffs) while the musicians’ coats are red with blue collars and cuffs. This identified them as non-combatants for the opposing army and easily identified them for their commanders in the field. This was a standard practice of European armies during this time period.”
Selection to become a member of this unit in Colonial Williamsburg is a highly competitive process and is a much-sought-after honor among young people ages 10 to 18 in the Williamsburg community. The work is demanding. Also, we understand that it is a very emotional moment when a member reaches age 18 and must “retire” from the unit’s active roster. Reunions of the unit’s alumni of all ages (it been in existence since 1958) are very popular events. To read an overview of the unit, click here . You can then click the links on the left side of that article to read more about their instruments, their uniforms and their leadership.
If you missed earlier "Did you know . . . ?” items, please click here.