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by two cruisers
November 26, 2007
From journal Six Parts of the Historic Triangle
central islip, New York
September 11, 2007
From journal Williamsburg
by Robert Boysen
July 25, 2004
From journal Fairfield Patriot Place
July 1, 2004
From journal Williamsburg for a BIG family of all ages
New York, New York
June 12, 2004
The visitors’ center and museum is a great place to start any trip to Historic Jamestown. A 20-minute film entitled "Jamestown" gives a brief yet very good overview into the story of this early settlement. For relic lovers, the museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of 17th-century artifacts in Northern America.
Statues and monuments are dotted around the grounds and ruins commemorating important dates and events in this early colony’s history. Some ruins of the early settlement are still visible such as the Jamestown Tower Church built in 1639. Some others have been re-created over the originals still buried underground. This was done in order to preserve the delicate bricks from eroding until a safer means of exposing them is found. Among the other interesting exhibits on display is a complete skeleton from one of the settlers. Visitors can pour over the archeological evidence and determine for themselves who this person was and even the cause of death. There is also a reconstructed glasshouse on site. Here, visitors can observe glass blowing techniques while learning about the New World’s first big industry. The ruins of the original glasshouse built in 1608 are located nearby.
Admission to Historic Jamestown runs about $6 per person, but for $9 per person, a Yorktown combination ticket is also available. The gates are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily, but visitors may stay until just before dark.
From journal Huzzah For Colonial Williamsburg!
April 12, 2004
From journal A Williamsburg Family Vacation
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 4, 2004
There is truly something here for everyone. Tour the buildings and artisans shops and you will learn much about life in 1774. You will meet the folks who lived in the town and discuss politics and social events with them. The servants and slaves will tell you what life was like for them. Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson are often around holding discussions on their views. You will be amazed at the knowledge of all of the costumed interpreters and "characters" from 1774 whom you will meet. There are scheduled tours which cover everything from religious views to oxen as a power source to fife and drum concerts. Historic Williamsburg makes sure that there are events and tours that will be of interest to children too.
Make sure that you schedule at least two days in historic Williamsburg. Even then you will not have time for everything there is to see and do and learn. They have events every evening, too, so you can experience the cultural life of the town (these are for an additional fee).
An important part of the experience is the food of colonial Williamsburg. There are several wonderful restaurants on the grounds that serve food typical of the time. (See restaurant reviews) A don't miss is Christiana Campbell's Tavern, specializing in seafood. This was George Washington's favorite restaurant. We certainly discovered why! Reservations are required for dinner, but lunch is first come, first served. (This is true of all the restaurants in historic Williamsburg).
From journal Historic Williamsburg - A Patriot's Duty
by Rocky Mountain Writer
Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 19, 2003
A little warning: just outside the National Park (which costs about $6 to get in) is a Jamestown living mueseum. Lots of replicas, but not the historic sight, and it costs a lot more. At first I thought it was the National Park--it's not--just keep going down the road a bit. Another note: there's a lot more to see at Jamestown than Yorktown, plus it's a lot closer to Williamsburg.
From journal Stepping Into History
by lazy summers
February 8, 2003
From journal Week in Willamsburg VA