Williamsburg Historic Tours and Entertainment

113665108 webModern amenities meld with the past in the Historic Triangle as we travel down the Colonial Highway and experience the birth of a nation in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Located on the Virginia Peninsula the Historic Triangle is where the amenities of today meld with the rich history of a nation, creating a flourishing and vibrant atmosphere that draws visitors to the area throughout the year.

Known as the birthplace of American Democracy, the Historic Triangle is comprised of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Jointly showcasing the foundation of the United States from settlement to democracy, the region is a history buff’s dream come true. From the Jamestown Settlement where the first colonists set up camp to the Yorktown Battlefield where Cornwallis surrendered, the region is waiting to share the secrets of the past.

While aptly named for its role in history, The Historic Triangle is about more than just living in the past. After walking the footsteps of our forefathers, visitors can find themselves aboard a hypercoaster at Busch Gardens, teeing off at the Golden Horse Golf Club, shopping at the outlet malls that call Williamsburg home or simply unwinding at a local cafe.

Williamsburg

139979833 webEstablished in 1699 as one of America’s first planned cities, Williamsburg is a modern town that offers visitors a wide variety of entertainment options while on vacation.

Start by spending time in the mid-1770s as you learn about the birth of a nation in Colonial Williamsburg. Known as the “Revolutionary City,” Colonial Williamsburg is a 301 acre living history museum compiled of historical buildings, shops, museums and restaurants that all help tell the story of the American Revolution and the tumultuous times that lead up the war.

Talk and mingle with some of our nation’s founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson with a stroll on Duke of Gloucester Street or become a spy and uncover the secrets of the Loyalists with Colonial Williamsburg’s interactive game, RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn.

After returning from the 1770s visitors can spend the afternoon meandering the picturesque campus of the College of William & Mary or head east on Richmond Road where multiple outlet malls are waiting for all the shopaholics.

If shopping does not quite get the blood pumping stop by Busch Gardens® for a world-class thrill ride, or pay Water Country USA a visit and get drenched in family fun on a variety of water slides. Keep the heart pounding with a challenging round of golf at one of the nation’s undiscovered gems, The Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.

158829084 webJamestown

Just a short drive southeast on the Colonial Parkway is Jamestown. The first permanent English Settlement in the Americas, Jamestown was established in 1607 by the Virginia Company of London and served as the capital of the colony from 1616 to 1699.

Today, Jamestown is comprised of two primary heritage sites that keep an important chapter of history alive, Historic Jamestowne and the Jamestown Settlement. Adjacent to each other, the two sites uncover the footsteps of the residents who inhabited the historic colony.

Start your trip through time at Historic Jamestowne where you can explore the original site of the fort and watch as archaeologists continue to unearth artifacts from more than 400 years ago. At the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium more than 1,000 of the artifacts are on display, including arms and armor, medical instruments, personal objects, ceramics, tools, coins, musical instruments and more.

After exploring the original site stroll over to the living history museum, Jamestown Settlement. An introductory film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” welcomes guests and introduces them to life in the 17th century. After the film visitors can explore the indoor exhibits that examine the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and

Africans who converged in the 1600s or head outdoors to experience the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery: life-size replicas of the ships that made the voyage across the Atlantic.

Yorktown

Head east on the Colonial Parkway and you will find Yorktown, the site of the last major battle in the American Revolution and where General Cornwallis famously surrendered to General George Washington in 1781.

The adventure begins with a stop at the Yorktown Battlefield & Visitor Center where visitors can acquire a map for a self-guided auto tour of the area. The tour explores fortifications and cannons on the battlefield, the Moore House, scene of surrender negotiations, and the field of the actual surrender before leading to Main Street where history collides with chic shops and galleries.

Next door to the visitor center is the Yorktown Victory Center where live actors recount the lives of 10 colonists and the impact the war had on their lives. A replica farm house provides a glimpse into what it took to survive the tumultuous times while outdoors guests can take part in the artillery demonstrations and learn about how the massive cannons functioned.

Colonial Parkway

Part of the National Park Service’s Colonial Historical National Park, the Colonial Parkway is a 23-mile scenic drive that connects all three of the historical sites in the Historic Triangle. Built between 1930 and 1957, the parkway traverses through a diverse environment, providing visitors with open vistas of the James and York rivers, tidal estuaries and thick pine forest. To ensure the natural beauty of the drive all commercial development is banned along the road and commercial trucks are not allowed. Best of all, the Colonial Williamsburg shuttle will take ticket holders to Jamestown and Yorktown.

 

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