By Erika Owen
September 23, 2015
Colonial Williamsburg
Credit: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

If we had it our way, every tourist hot-spot would have its own mascot—preferably in the form of an adorable dog or cat. Colonial Williamsburg is on the same wavelength. The destination in Virginia has just announced their first-ever mascot: a Briard named Liberty—and she made quite the entrance. The pup made her first public debut aboard one of Colonial Williamsburg's 18th-century horse-drawn carriages accompanied, of course, by a costumed Gen. George Washington to really set the mood.

This new mascot marks the beginning of a partnership between Colonial Williamsburg and the Heritage Humane Society, specifically a donation drive that took place on September 19th. Liberty—born in April—is a fully trained therapy dog and has already made waves on social media (her mascot announcement was shared on Facebook more than 16,000 times). Her breed also plays into a moment in history: it's been said that Thomas Jefferson wished to give George Washington a pair of "Shepherd's dog" puppies, which were believed to be Briards. Lucky for anyone visiting the attraction, the prophecy has finally been fulfilled.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.