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Historic Sites

Williamsburg is a quaint town filled with history. Some of the top attractions in this eastern Virginia town explore the roots of our nation. In America’s Historic Triangle, you’ll find historic sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown, and Historic Jamestowne, all of which provide a unique insight into the history of America.

At Colonial Williamsburg, visitors are immersed in 18th Century culture. There are historically preserved and reconstructed buildings, shops, houses, and taverns. Plus, there are authentically costumed interpreters that make you feel as if you stepped back in time. The reenactments are also very engaging and programs like “Revolutionary City” are family-friendly and educational. There are also nighttime programs, like “Cry Witch”, that involve historically documented accounts that are interactive and one-of-a-kind. Dining options at Colonial Williamsburg are also a great treat, as they focus on delicious food served in authentic settings. Find yourself fully in the nation’s yesterdays as you dance with an 18th-century instructor, walk with curators and gardeners, take part in a witch trial, or march with the Fifes and Drums. Find these programs and many more offered daily in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City.

Jamestown Settlement traces the history of Jamestown, through an exceptional gallery and exhibits, and life-size recreations of a Powhatan Indian Village, James Fort and three ships built to replicate the ships settlers arrived on. Docked along the coast, the ships – Godspeed, Susan Constant, and Discovery – allow visitors to climb aboard and see what travelers may have felt like on their incredible journey. There is a lot to explore at Jamestown Settlement, so be sure to allow a couple of hours for your visit.

Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; tour the reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church and original 17th-century church tower; take a walking tour with a park ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River; “meet” a 17th-century personality; and watch costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse.

Yorktown is the site of the final battle of the American Revolutionary War and is home to the Yorktown Victory Center. Artifact-filled galleries and outdoor recreations showcase the life of Americans during the Revolutionary era. There is a living history Continental Army encampment, as well as a recreated 1780’s farm.

There is a lot to see and do in Williamsburg, Virginia. Visit today to discover America’s past!