2020 Manuscript Society Annual Meeting
Williamsburg, VA & Richmond, VA
May 12 – 16, 2020

Due to the COVID19 pandemic the annual meeting has been cancelled



Virginia has HISTORY! Founded in 1607 it is famous for many reasons! By the time of the American Revolution, it was the largest of the thirteen original colonies in both land and population. It is where the first slave ship landed in 1619 and Jamestown became the first permanent English settlement in America. It is the location of the surrender of the British ending the American Revolution. It is the home of four of the first five American Presidents. Can you name them? It was the home of the capital of the Confederate States of America, Richmond. Today it is the home of renowned research facilities and institutions of high education. American History permeates Virginia!

Williamsburg was founded in 1632 as Middle Plantation, a fortified settlement between the James and York rivers. The city served as the capital of the Colony and the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 and was the center of political events in Virginia leading to the American Revolution. During the American Revolution, then governor, Thomas Jefferson moved the capital of Virginia to Richmond. Williamsburg also saw combat in the spring of 1862 during the Peninsula Campaign, an effort to take Richmond from the east from a base at Fort Monroe.

Not far from Williamsburg are Jamestown and Yorktown. [the three forming the Historic Triangle] Today in Colonial Williamsburg the 18th-century comes alive and is the world’s largest living history museum, boasting eighty-eight original 18th century structures with four historic taverns, and a world-class art museum.

Colonial Williamsburg Lodge is the home base of the society annual meeting.

So much to see and so little time! Join us for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia with a day trip to Richmond.

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May 12 – 16, 2020

As is always the case, the events and scheduling can change.

Registration for the Annual Meeting

Registration: $600.00 (exclusive of airfare and hotel) Deadline for registration is April 10, 2020

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Hotel Reservations and Travel Information

Annual Meeting Hosting Hotel:  Williamsburg Lodge in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg (CW)

The block of rooms is reserved for May 11 through May 17, 2020
Group: 2020ManuscriptSociety
On-Line Reservation Link:  https://book.passkey.com/go/dea7f989

Rate $199.00 per night (plus taxes and fees) (double or single occupancy)
Rates are available until April 10, 2020 or until the block runs out.
Rate available three days before and three days after the annual meeting, depending on availability


Richmond International Airport (RIC) – All major airlines fly into Richmond. Located about 50 minutes north of Williamsburg. See https://www.flyrichmond.com/ground-transportation/  and http://tidewatercoach.com/ for ground transportation options.

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) – Delta and American Airlines both fly into Newport News/Williamsburg.  Located about 30 minutes south of Williamsburg. See the following ground transportation options.



Norfolk International Airport (ORF) – All major airlines fly into Norfolk. Located about 50 minutes south of Williamsburg. Note: The Norfolk airport requires a commute across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel that will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour with the possibility of delays due to stopped and/or slow traffic. See https://www.norfolkairport.com/parking-transportation/ground-transportation or http://tidewatercoach.com/ for ground transportation options.