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...

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...

Capitol

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

Courthouse

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The original Courthouse of 1770 was used by municipal and county courts until 1932. Civil and minor criminal matters and cases involving...

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

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This museum adds another cultural dimension that goes well beyond Colonial history. Grouped by medium are English and American furniture,...

Duke of Gloucester Street

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The spine of Colonial Williamsburg's restored area is the broad 1-mi-long Duke of Gloucester Street. On Saturday at 1 pm from March to...

George Wythe House

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This home was the residence of Thomas Jefferson's law professor; Wythe was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. General...

Governor's Palace

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His Majesty's Governor Alexander Spotswood built the original Governor's Palace in 1720, and seven British viceroys, the last of them...

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