Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Sights

The beginning of both Colonial America and of the United States of America should be required visiting, and this area is home to them both. To keep the chronology straight, visit Virginia's "Historic Triangle," in the order of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and then Yorktown. Although Jamestown is somewhat overshadowed by the much-larger Williamsburg, Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement

(1607) in North America, and celebrated its momentous quadricentennial—400th anniversary—in 2007.

Just a short drive along the tree-lined Colonial Parkway is Williamsburg, which subsequently grew into the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony. The 301 acres of modern-day Colonial Williamsburg contain re-created and restored structures peopled with costumed interpreters. Everything from momentous political events to blacksmithing is portrayed. Completing the "Historic Triangle," is Yorktown, 14 mi away from Williamsburg, the site of the battle that ended the war for independence from England. Several 18th- and 19th-century plantations lie west of Williamsburg, along the James River. South of Yorktown are Newport News, the shipbuilding capital of Virginia, and Hampton. To see the rest of this waterfront area of Virginia, you can cross the James River at Hampton and visit Norfolk, Portsmouth, and, to the east, the Virginia Beach resort area.

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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

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This collection, within the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, showcases American "decorative usefulware"—toys, furniture, weather...

Adam Thoroughgood House

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Inland from the shore is the early-18th-century Adam Thoroughgood House, named for the prosperous plantation owner who held a land grant...


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Virginians say that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated at Berkeley in December 1619, not in Massachusetts in 1621. This plantation...

Brush-Everard House

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Built in 1717 by John Brush, a gunsmith, and later owned by Thomas Everard, who was twice mayor of Williamsburg, this wood-frame house...

Bruton Parish Church

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The lovely brick Episcopal Bruton Parish Church has served continuously as a house of worship since it was built in 1715. One of its...

Busch Gardens

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Busch Gardens in Williamsburg has been voted the world's most beautiful theme park for 19 consecutive years, and features more than 50...


Williamsburg was important because it was the location of the Capitol. It was here that the prerevolutionary House of Burgesses (dominated...

Children's Museum of Virginia

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The largest children's museum in the state, the Children's Museum of Virginia has more than 90 hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages,...

Chrysler Museum of Art

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By any standard, the Chrysler Museum of Art downtown qualifies as one of America's major art museums. The permanent collection includes...

City Point

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The history of City Point includes a Revolutionary War skirmish and 10 months as General Ulysses S. Grant's Union headquarters during...