TRAVEL: Bicentennial Hangover

George Mason traveled to Williamsburg by carriage in 1776 to deliver his Virginia Declaration of Rights to the House of Burgesses; Patrick Henry conducted his late-night debates at the King's Arms Tavern by the flickering glow of candlelight. Today's visitors to Colonial Williamsburg explore the nation's oldest and most ambitious historical restoration in shuttle buses and relax in air-conditioned rooms with electric light. But the 20th century comforts carry an inflated modern price tag—and so, in Bicentennial 1976 of all years, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which runs the restoration, suffered a $703,000 deficit,...

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