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May 9th, 2014, 12:33 AM
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Annapolis MD v/s Williamsburg VA

Dear Fodorites, due time constraints am looking at Annapolis rather than Williamsburg. Both seem to have lovely old buildings and a lot of history. I'd be interested in your preferences as I can't decide, both seem really good.
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May 9th, 2014, 02:45 AM
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Be aware that "Colonial Williamsburg" consists of buildings in "The Historic Area [which] is an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or re-created buildings related to colonial and American Revolutionary War history."

The place is great and be aware of what it is and is not.

Annapolis, OTOH, while charming is more like a place which has simply aged well and been preserved with the help of the Rockefellers and be ready for traffic and parking "issues."

IMO you cannot go wrong with either but they are definitely different.
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May 9th, 2014, 02:46 AM
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Sorry, re Annapolis: NO help from the Rockefellers involved as far as I know.
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May 9th, 2014, 04:46 AM
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May 9th, 2014, 05:20 AM
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I went to the College of William & Mary way back when in Williamsburg and visited Annapolis. Both are pleasant and Williamsburg is a good bit older but given your time constraints staying in DC, my vote is Annapolis. I find Maryland's capital has a prettier location due to its harbor and offers an equally compelling colonial charm with its narrow streets, roundabouts and historic homes.
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May 9th, 2014, 08:42 AM
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I do not know what your time constraints are.

Annapolis is nice for walking around for an afternoon and lunch. It is busy and commercial, but the old buildings are pretty, as is the location.

Williamsburg, IME and I taught there for 10 years, offers much more historically and educationally relating to the early days of our country. Sitting in the building where debates were held about separating from England, and walking across the grassy square where in Colonial times children gathered to play or listen to the grownups argue politics of the day is very interesting.

Between the two, it would be Williamsburg, but only if you have the time.

If you have a car, I offer another option: Fredericksburg, about an hour and a half South of DC. It has beautiful colonial buildings. Many were the homes of famous founders of the country. They offer an interesting tour.
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May 9th, 2014, 08:49 AM
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I just remembered that there are commuter trains between DC and Fredericksburg, so you could do it without a car. That might be a good alternative.
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May 12th, 2014, 02:44 PM
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Thanks all for your replies. I am teetering towards Annapolis, and doing a train trip to Fredericksburg. I really do appreciate all your recommendations.
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May 17th, 2014, 05:52 PM
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Love Annapolis!
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