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Colonial Williamsburg - Where History Lives!

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A May 2008 trip to Williamsburg by MilwVon

Magazine Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia More Photos
Quote: David enjoyed Williamsburg so much last year that we thought his Mom would also enjoy experiencing a step back in American history.
Chowning's Tavern Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Colonial Williamsburg (CW) is a collection of approximately 40 original, restored and/or reconstructed buildings located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The 300+ acre area has been beautifully restored to allow visitors to experience what life was like in the 17th and 18th centuries. As the largest British colony from 1699 until 1780, Williamsburg was the political and social hub of Virginia. Many famous Americans graced the streets and taverns of the city, including George Washington, Patrick Henry, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.Much of this area fell into terrible disrepair, especially after the state capitol was moved to Richmond by Thomas Jefferson in 1780. Even the exquisite Governo...Read More
Ellie at the Judges Bench Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Having just vacationed in Colonial Williamsburg a year ago, I wasn’t sure how much would be "new" in terms of the evening programming and entertainment. We were fortunate in that there were a lot of activities that we weren’t able to schedule during our 2007 visit, so we were able to make sure that we did some of the really wonderful shows so that Mom would have the opportunity . . . but also take in some different programs to avoid possible boredom.As we did last year, we thoroughly enjoyed "Cry Witch" (a dramatization of a real court trail of a woman suspected of being a witch in the early 18th century) and "To Go A-Pirating" (another court case of suspected pirates from the Carolina Co...Read More

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Furniture Maker's Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The Lanthorn Tour is one of the many evening programs available to visitors. If you buy the $89 Independence (annual) Pass, you can receive free tickets to evening programming. It is not unusual to take the tour one week and see one set of trades, while returning months later to see another group. On this particular visit we were treated to the Cabinetmaker, Printing Office & Bindery and Blacksmith shops.Our costumed guide was very knowledgeable about each of the skills and provided a historical overview of the trade in colonial times. In the Cabinetmaker’s shop there were several original pieces that had been crafted in that very shop by its shopkeeper back in the 18th century. A beaut...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

The Governor's Palace

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The Governor's Palace Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg served as the capitol of Virginia until Thomas Jefferson moved it to Richmond in 1780. Before the revolution, Virginia and the colonies were under British rule. As such, the monarchy appointed the leader – the Royal Governor – to rule and protect England’s interests. The Governor’s Palace was completed in 1722 to provide residency to the Governor and his family. In total, seven royal governors and Virginia’s first two state governors occupied the Palace.The Palace today is a reconstruction of the original as it had fallen into disrepair after the move of the capitol to Richmond. Painstakingly care has been taken to recreate the palace to the grandeur of colonial times,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

The Governor's Palace
Palace Green
Williamsburg, Virginia
(757) 229-1000

The Everard House

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Everard Study Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The Everard House is located right on the Palace Green across the street from the Governor’s Place. And while part of Colonial Williamsburg’s restored historic area, it is open and available to tour on a very limited basis . . . Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00a until 4:00p. Local volunteers serve as tour guides and are not dressed in period costume like other guides throughout Colonial Williamsburg.Mr. Thomas Everard was a widower, living in this home with his adult daughter. A court clerk, Everard lived the lifestyle of a well-to-do middle class Virginian resident. While the furnishings throughout the house are not actual pieces from Everard’s residency, they are all original...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Located on North Henry Street is the reconstructed Public Hospital of 1773. The hospital occupies the ground level of the building and shares a glimpse into how the mentally ill were taken care of in the 18th and 19th centuries. On the lower level of the building are the Hennage Auditorium, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, as well as a small café and gift shop.The Wallace Museum contains some very beautiful household items from homes in and around Williamsburg during colonial times. Some of the pieces were made in Williamsburg by 18th craftsmen and sold to well to do Virginians throughout the state. Several pieces have been donated...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
325 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185