Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Capitol

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

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...

Historic Jamestowne

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

An island originally connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, Historic Jamestowne was the site of the first permanent English settlement...

James Anderson's Blacksmith Shop

  • Historic District/Site

At James Anderson's Blacksmith Shop, smiths forge the nails, tools, and other iron hardware used in construction throughout the town.

Jamestown Settlement

  • Museum/Gallery

Adjacent to but distinct from Historic Jamestowne is a mainland living-history museum called Jamestown Settlement. The site marries 40,000...

Market Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

An open green between Queen and Palace Streets along Duke of Gloucester, Market Square was the site where cattle, seafood, dairy products,...

Peyton Randolph House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

This was the home of a prominent colonist and revolutionary who served as attorney general under the British, then as Speaker of the...

Raleigh Tavern

  • Historic District/Site

This gathering place was the scene of prerevolutionary revels and rallies that were often joined by Washington, Jefferson, Patrick Henry,...

Wetherburn's Tavern

  • Historic District/Site

Beginning in 1743 Wetherburn's Tavern offered refreshment, entertainment, and lodging and may be the most accurately furnished building...

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