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Relive History in Virginia's Historic Triangle

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A June 2005 trip to Williamsburg by NiteOwlTX

Jamestown Settlement Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia More Photos
Quote: Visiting Williamsburg is like stepping back into history. From Jamestown to Yorktown, this area has been the source of a lot of American history.

Relive History in Virginia's Historic Triangle

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Overview

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Visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, brings you face to face with Colonial America as no other place can. Literally, this area was the center of Colonial America from the founding of Jamestown, the second attempt and first successful attempt at colonization of America by the British, to the Battle of Yorktown, the last battle of the American Revolution, in which the British relinquished control of the colonies and acknowledged their right to self-government. This area was the beginning and the end of British domination over the American colonies.Williamsburg itself was not a large community through the colonial era; despite being the capital of Virginia, it was not even the largest in the colo...Read More

Quality Inn Colony

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Hotel

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The one thing that I tell everyone going to Williamsburg for a vacation is to bring comfortable shoes. You will do a lot a walking, and not all the roads are well paved. The best example of this is the walk from the visitor center to the historic area at Colonial Williamsburg, the area's largest attraction.Of course, you really should go to the visitor center on your first trip to Colonial Williamsburg to see the introductory video and get tickets to the tours and night performances. After that first visit, you will find it more convenient to park closer to the historic area.Quality Inn Colony is half the distance to the capital building in the historic area compared to the visitor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2005

Quality Inn Colony
309 PAGE ST
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187
757-229-1855

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"They say that the crabs make the best desserts." That's what my waiter said when I declined a plate to get a dessert with.

Captain George's Seafood Buffet has 70  items on it, including some of the best stuffed crabs, steamed craps, fried, and boiled shrimp that I've ever had.

I normally don't talk much about food or restaurants that I go to on vacation unless they are tied to the region that I am visiting. However, I make an exception for Captain George's, because it really is that good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Captain George's Seafood Restaurant
5363 Richmond Rd.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
(757) 565-2323

Kings Arms Tavern

Restaurant

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There are four taverns in Colonial Williamsburg that will give you a taste of dining in the late 1700s. Dining at one of the taverns will give you a feel for how travelers lived and a taste of colonial food. First is the Chowning’s Tavern, which serves pit barbecue in an outdoor dining area. Also, the Chowning offers late night entertainment in a colonial style after 9pm. Campbell’s Tavern offers regional seafood specialties and was said to be George Washington’s favorite place to eat when he visited Williamsburg. The King’s Arm Tavern offers traditional food in an early American setting. Finally, the Shields Tavern offers food most closely resembling th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2005

Kings Arms Tavern
409 Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-8610

Jamestown Settlement

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Attraction | "Virginia Commonweath of Jamestown Settlement"

Jamestown Settlement Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The second site on Jamestown Island is a state-run facility. It offers a lot more living history than the original site.This site is much different from the National Park Service site, which shows the land without interpretation. At this site you will see an Indian village, Fort James, and the ships that brought the settlers to America. Instead of walking around and looking at the framing of buildings, here you see the actual buildings, built in the same style they would have been built almost 400 years ago.There is a 15-minute film that explains the foundations of the colony. Also, there is an indoor museum with artifacts from the colonial period. Outside, there are three main...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

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

Jamestown Island

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Attraction | "Historic Jamestown"

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Jamestown was the first permanent settlement of the British on the continent of North America. They unsuccessfully settled Roanoke in what is now North Carolina, but after years of despair, that colony disappeared. The settlement of Jamestown precedes the landing at Plymouth Rock by the Pilgrims by about 13 years.The Jamestown colonists sailed from England in 1606. Unlike the Pilgrims, these settlers came to America as part of the Virginia Company expecting to find gold, silver, and jewels. They started the settlement of Jamestown in a swampy area, which they considered more defensible from the Spanish in the south.The early days of Jamestown were marked with hardship. Mos...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Jamestown Island
Historic Triangle of Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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In 1699, the capital of the Virginia colony was moved to Williamsburg. While small compared to other cities, Williamsburg remained relevant as the government seat of the wealthiest and most powerful colony.Some of the greatest political minds came from Williamsburg. Before George Washington was president, he served as member of the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg. Patrick Henry served in Williamsburg as the first governor of Virginia after it declared its independence in 1776. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, served as the second governor of Virginia. Other influential men of the time as well as families of prominence,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

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

Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

Attraction | "The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour"

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The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour is not affiliated with Colonial Williamsburg. It does, however, walk you through the same streets telling ghost stories. The guide also tells a lot of historical facts that you don’t learn while walking around Colonial Williamsburg on your own. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, this tour is fun and informative. The tour costs $9 and generally runs at dusk nightly.

I recommend this tour for anyone interested in history, whether or not you believe in ghosts (I don't).

Website: www.visitwilliamsburg.com/ghost_of_williamsburg.htm

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour
Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia

Yorktown Battlefield

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Yorktown  Battlefield Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Yorktown was established in 1691 to secure York River. A few years later, the settlement was a thriving tobacco port. The town became one of Virginia’s largest cities by the beginning of the Revolutionary War.In August 1781, General George Cornwallis led almost half of the British troops fighting in this war to Yorktown. As a ready seaport, he thought this would make a good center to launch a campaign to retake the southern colonies. George Washington and his troops made a forced march from New York to Yorktown. The Continental Army met with several divisions of the French army and began a siege in September.Due to severe weather and the onslaught of the French fleet, the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Yorktown Battlefield
Colonial Parkway 13 miles east to Yorktown
Williamsburg, Virginia
(757) 898-2409

Yorktown Victory Center

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Attraction

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The second site in Yorktown is the state-run site. Like the sites in Jamestown, the state sites offer a lot more living history than the national park, while the national parks occupy the original sites. The Yorktown Victory Center begins with the Road to Revolution Timeline; as you walk to the gallery, you follow the timeline of the colonization and revolution in America.The galleries contain many artifacts from the war. “Witnesses to the Revolution” is the first gallery; this is a wax museum with several different rooms. Each of the characters come to life as audio of their thoughts is played. This offers insight into how the different factions of the colonies, i.e. the revol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Yorktown Victory Center
Newport News
Newport News 23603
(757) 887-1776

Yorktown Battlefield

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Attraction | "Historic Yorktown"

Yorktown  Battlefield Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The third historical site in Yorktown is the town itself. The little portion of the city that survived the siege by the Continental Army was destroyed by the British during the War of 1812. Only a handful of original buildings survived to the 20th century, when they became historical monuments.You can still see the cannon balls from the Revolutionary War in the sides of the Nelson house and the Sessions house. The Cole Digges house is now a diner. The Customs house is still in use. The Nelson house has a tour several times a day.Close to the waterfront is the Cornwallis Cave, where Cornwallis is supposed to have hidden during the battle.There are several...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Yorktown Battlefield
Colonial Parkway 13 miles east to Yorktown
Williamsburg, Virginia
(757) 898-2409

James River Plantations

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Even after the battle of Yorktown and after the capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond, this area still remained the home for some of the most influential members of American society. Until the Civil War and the emancipation of the slaves, plantations in this area served as the major economic industry of the southern colonies.Charles City County, strategically located between the James and Chickahominy Rivers and close to the colonial capitals of Jamestown and Williamsburg, was the first westward expansion of English speaking America.There are many plantations outside Williamsburg on the James River. Following Highway 5 from Williamsburg toward Richmond, you will pass&...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

James River Plantations
PO Box 1359
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187
(804) 829-6684

Williamsburg Winery

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Williamsburg Winery Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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One of my favorite attractions outside of the major historical attractions is the Williamsburg Winery. Here you can take a tour of a modern winery and see how the grapes are grown and converted to wine. At the end of the tour, you will be given a tasting of some of the winery’s most popular wines.The Williamsburg Winery was established in 1985 by the Duffeler family. The 50-plus acres of vineyards that surround the winery offer a beautiful backdrop to the Old World Style Village where the winery is located.The guided tour includes a video presentation on grape growing (Viticulture) and wine-making (Oenology), a stroll through the barrel cellar, and a visit to the pro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Williamsburg Winery
5800 Wessex Hundred
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-0999

Busch Gardens

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Attraction

Busch Gardens Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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This is a first-class amusement park. It is part of the Busch Gardens family. As a frequent visitor to amusement parks, this park is one of my favorites.The motto of the park is “Fear the Four;” this refers to the four roller coasters. The Big Bad Wolf is tamest of the four; it is a suspended coaster that runs through the forest with a lot of quick turns and ends with a drop of about 100 feet. Alphengeist is a ski lift gone wrong, with six massive inversions and a top speed of 67mph. The Lock Ness Monster is an older coaster (1978), but it still provides thrills with the interlocking loops, speeds up to 60 mph, and a trip to Nessie’s Liar. Apollo’s Chariot takes you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Busch Gardens
One Busch Gardens Boulevard
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 343-7946

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Day One:Once you arrive in Williamsburg, go to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center. Purchase an Independence Pass($72). Also, get day tours for Day Three and night shows for Day One, Two, Three, and Four; you should try to get into one of the Conversations as your day show and at least one of the courtroom dramas as one of your night shows. You should also take this time to make reservations for the Jamestown Island Explorer on Day Two. Also, make reservations for the Ghosts of Yorktown tour on Day Five.Depending on the time, you should be able to take in a couple of the attractions before they close at 5pm. If you see the video at the visitor center and visit the Great Hopes P...Read More