It seems like only a year ago or so, they were more than 300 million in debt, and had declining attendance. I couldn't, and still can't understand what on Earth they did to get that far in the hole. It seems most of their capital assets are already there and built, and all they have is wages and upkeep.
Wonder how much of the problem is personnel, how much is capital maintenance and/or improvement (restorations, etc), how much is marketing/advertising, and how much is something else.
You can walk around because they are public streets, so Colonial Williamsburg can't close them off or charge admission.
My understanding is that they are having financial difficulties and probably need to increase revenues.
I also think the experiences and interiors are worth paying for.
I definitely appreciate it more as an adult. Although I'd appreciate it even more if it had a place with decent coffee.
I did some research after my last visit, as I just assumed that the strip had looked that way since the eighteenth century but apparently that area was basically dead for a long time. I had no idea that the Williamsburg we see today has only been that way since the 50s.
If it is a non-profit organization, don't their books have to have a zero balance at the end of the year?