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  • Collection: Distinguished Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg

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President Warren Harding (tipping hat in the back seat) rides in a car through the city of Williamsburg, ca. 1920s. President Harding served from 1921-1923 before dying in office. During his visit, Williamsburg had not yet been restored to its 18th…

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Herbert Hoover (second man from left) walking on the sidewalk past the President's House on the campus of the College of William & Mary, May 15, 1926. In his role as Secretary of Commerce under President Calvin Coolidge, Hoover visited Williamsburg…

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Henry Ford (front row, far left) with Rev. W.A.R. Goodwin (second row, far left) and others during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Rev. Goodwin, the driving force behind the effort to restore Williamsburg to its 18th century appearance, originally…

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Gov. George C. Peery during the 1934 dedication of Duke of Gloucester Street. Williamsburg mayor Channing Hall stands in foreground.

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Shirley Temple, beloved child star of the 1930s, visited Colonial Williamsburg in 1938. In this photograph, she is pictured with her father outside the Williamsburg Inn. Her visit included a tour of the Governor's Palace, cut slightly short by her…

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Acclaimed American poet Robert Frost enjoys a beverage in Chowing's Tavern on December 5, 1941. Frost had come to Williamsburg for a meeting of the College of William and Mary's Phi Beta Kappa society. At this particular meeting, Frost read several…

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During his 1946 tour of the United States with General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sir Winston Churchill made plans to visit Colonial Williamsburg, now twelve years old after the opening of its Historic Area. Mr. Churchill and General Eisenhower arrived by…

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President Harry S. Truman, flanked by several costumed interpreters, laughs as he descends the steps outside the Governor's Palace. President Truman was in Williamsburg in 1948 to receive an honorary degree from The College of William and Mary.…

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Walt Disney visited Colonial Williamsburg numerous times, including this visit with some of his staff. Kenneth Chorley, President of Colonial Williamsburg, on right.

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Renowned Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini enjoys a tour of a garden in Colonial Williamsburg with a costumed interpreter. His 1950 visit came during the height of his popularity in the United States while conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

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King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece descending the stairs at the WIlliamsburg Inn. The King and Queen were among the first foreign dignitaries to visit Colonial Williamsburg through the State Department program established by Colonial…

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Children clap in welcome for Her Majesty Elizabeth The Queen Mother of England during her 1954 visit to Williamsburg, Virginia. During her visit, the Queen Mother had dinner in King's Arms Tavern, enjoyed a carriage ride around the Historic Area, and…

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"Hiroshima Maidens," a group of Japanese women in the U.S. to treat disfigurements from the atomic bombing, visit Colonial Williamsburg on October 18, 1956. By October of 1956 the women had completed most of the surgeries, and were preparing to…

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England walking with Governor Thomas Stanley outside the Williamsburg Inn during her visit in 1957. The Queen's visit to Williamsburg came as part of her visit to Jamestown, celebrating the 350th anniversary of its…

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Paul-Henri Spaak, Secretary General of NATO and Belgian statesman, is seated in a carriage in front of the Williamsburg Inn, preparing for a ride around the Historic Area.

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King Muhammad V of Morocco in the Capitol. King Muhammad visited Colonial Williamsburg in 1957 as part of a regular state visit. Colonial Williamsburg President Carlisle Humelsine invited the King to luncheon at Christiana Campbell's Tavern, a…

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President and Mrs. Arturo Frondizi of Argentina visit with interpreters outside of The Golden Ball. President Frondizi toured the United States as part of his official state visit, which included a ticker tape parade in New York City.

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Eleanor Roosevelt in front of the Governor's Palace. Mrs. Roosevelt's visit to Colonial Williamsburg had a full schedule compared to other distinguished visitors. On her first morning in Williamsburg, Mrs. Roosevelt took tours of seven buildings…

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King Zahir and Queen Humaira Begum of Afghanistan during their visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1963. The 'Last King of Afghanistan' visited Colonial Williamsburg with his wife as part of a tour of the United States.

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Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia rides in a carriage with Williamsburg Mayor (Dr.) Henry M. Stryker, Colonial Williamsburg President Carlisle Humelsine, and others. Tito was in the United States for an informal visit to tour the nation. While visiting…