Williamsburg and Hampton Roads

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  • 1. 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 square...Read More

  • 2. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 3. Berkeley Plantation

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 4. Courthouse

    Government Building

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

  • 5. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Duke of Gloucester Street

    Neighborhood/Street

    The spine of Colonial Williamsburg's restored area is the broad 1-mile-long Duke of Gloucester Street. Some Saturdays at noon–2:30 pm, the Fifes...Read More

  • 7. George Wythe House

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 8. Governor's Palace

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 9. Hampton University

    Educational Institution

    Hampton University was founded in 1868 as a freedmen's school, and ever since has had a distinguished history as an institution of higher education...Read More

  • 10. 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. The shop...Read More

  • 11. 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 House of...Read More

  • 12. 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, and...Read More

  • 13. Watermen's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Sited in a Colonial Revival manor house on Yorktown's waterfront, the Watermen's Museum was floated across the York River on a barge in 1987...Read More

  • 14. Yorktown Battlefield

    Military Site

    Yorktown Battlefield preserves the land where the British surrendered to American and French forces in 1781. The museum in the visitor center...Read More

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