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Huzzah For Colonial Williamsburg!

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A November 2003 trip to Williamsburg by jaebirdypie

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Quote: A place filled with all the sights, sounds, tastes, and customs of the eighteenth century, Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to reconnect with the American heritage.

Huzzah For Colonial Williamsburg!

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Overview

The Windmill Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Colonial Williamsburg and the surrounding area offer plenty for everyone to enjoy. There’s an abundance of history, education, shopping, museums, restaurants, golfing opportunities and just plain fun! While on vacation visitors can take a horse-drawn carriage into the past on one day, ponder campus life at William and Mary the next and wail like a banshee on a Busch Gardens roller coaster the next! Boredom just isn’t an option here.Quick Tips: The only thing I can suggest is to take full advantage of Williamsburg's great location for year-round fun. As part of the "Historic Triangle" Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown are all located within an easy 10-minute drive from each other. ...Read More

Wyndham Kingsgate

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Hotel | "Fairfield Williamsburg at Kingsgate"

Wyndham Kingsgate Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Best Things Nearby:Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestown, Yorktown Victory Center, Historic Yorktown, Busch Gardens.Best Things About the Resort:This resort has loads of on-site activities suitable for any age, in addition to a very convenient location.Resort Experience:The 1BR unit in which I stayed was beautifully decorated with Thomasville cherrywood furniture, set amidst hunter green carpeting, ivory walls, and a burgundy fruit motif throughout. The bathroom was spacious and bright with the washer and dryer enclosed in a separate closet. All of the appliances ran so quietly that it never mattered what time of day or night I had th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 16, 2003

Wyndham Kingsgate
619 Georgetown Crescent
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 220-5702

Jamestown Settlement

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Attraction

Jamestown Settlement Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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In the winter of 1606, under the rule of King James I, the Virginia Company launched a fleet of three ships on a mission that would change history forever. The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery landed on the banks of Virginia’s James River the following spring, where their cargo of 104 men set to work on their new home. Named Jamestown, in honor of their king, this site became the New World’s first permanent English settlement. Jamestown Settlement is located about a mile from the original site of Historic Jamestown. Here, visitors will find a variety of interactive exhibits suitable for all ages. While visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds on their own at any time, I strongly reco...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2004

Jamestown Settlement
2207 Colonial Pkwy
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-1607

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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At its best, Colonial Williamsburg brings forth a wealth of history lessons in the most enjoyable fashion ever imagined. At its worst, the sights and sounds of this beautifully restored national treasure simply provide a great escape from the 21st century. From the profound events that rocked the Governor’s Palace and the House of Burgesses to humble workaday chores at the shoemaker or tailor’s shop, Colonial Williamsburg is brimming with vivid scenes of American history. Here, impassioned residents live on the brink of the American Revolution, where equality is still just a spirited ideal and liberty is a rather daring fantasy. Along the many tours and historic sites to see, visitors may fi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Colonial Williamsburg
134 Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 4447-679

Bruton Parish Episcopal Church

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Attraction | "Bruton Parish Church"

Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Built in 1674 to accommodate merging church communities, Bruton Parish Church took its name from the River Brue in Somerset, VA. New parish members included Sir William Berkeley, the governor of the day, and the Secretary of Virginia. It was not at all uncommon in those days to see such political figures attend every church service held. The Anglican services often served as a political forum where plans were announced, propaganda dictated and allegiance to the king of Britain displayed. During Virginia’s colonial period there was no separation between church and state. All office holders and colonists were compelled by law to attend regularly. After the Revolution, the city of Williamsburg, as ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 11, 2004

Bruton Parish Episcopal Church
331 West Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-2891

Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown Visitor Center

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Attraction | "Historic Jamestown"

Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown Visitor Center Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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In September of 1996, a team of archeologists led by director Dr. William Keslo announced their discovery of James Fort. Their dig efforts still continue today as part of a public exhibition. Visitors can now stand along side a dig site, converse with archeologists and observe techniques for sifting through the rubbles of time. Just imagine being present during an important finding like the governor’s teakettle! During my visit, the team had found a few cup handles and a piece of china in a pattern they hadn’t come across before. 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 int...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2004

Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown Visitor Center
1368 Colonial Pkwy
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-1733