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Must-See Sights, Attractions, and More in Colonial Williamsburg

colonial-williamsburg-boy-drumming-worldviaNowadays, we are all about taking advantage of the modern times and the convenience that it offers us. As we all know, no one goes anywhere without a cell phone! Many hours per day are spent surfing the internet, we shop online, talk to friends using social media and many people even look for love online using sites such as Match and eHarmony. Can you imagine a world without the technology we take for granted, such as television and radio and cars? Most of us can’t! There is a city in Virginia called Williamsburg that has a historical district known as Colonial Williamsburg, where you can take a step back in time as you visit this wonderful historical landmark. See amazing 18th-century buildings, walk the cobblestone streets, and take horse-drawn carriage rides through the town as you discover what life was like in America during a much simpler era.

Where to Stay

The first thing to consider is your hotel accommodations. There are several hotels in the historical district that are absolutely charming. They are in close proximity to the sights, activities, and attractions that you will be enjoying during your trip.

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Horse and Buggy

Williamsburg Inn

Stay at the Williamsburg Inn, and you will be experiencing luxury at it’s finest. There are several themed suites such as the Queen’s Suite, where Queen Elizabeth II actually stayed, and the Rockefeller Suite, a space that was elegantly designed by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Guests can also choose from smaller, yet equally beautiful rooms. With golf, spa treatments, and dining, this is a resort where you can create memories that will last a lifetime!

Griffin Hotel

Get in touch with nature when you stay at the Griffin Hotel, and also be conveniently close to the fun of Colonial Williamsburg. This a retreat that can be genuinely enjoyed, with King and Queen sized rooms that are perfect for relaxing after a day of touring. Amenities include a nature trail, bicycle rental, a health club and fitness center, and much more. This is a hotel where you will definitely feel right at home.

What to Do

Colonial Williamsburg is full of must-do activities that everyone can enjoy. You’ll be living life as they did in the 18th century, without any of the conveniences we have today! Get ready, because this is the ultimate experience!

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Battle Reenactment

Apothecary

Located in the heart of the historic area, the apothecary lets you see what the world of medicine was like over 200 years ago. Plan ahead for this attraction, because times are limited, and you must have an admission ticket. You’ll be able to see the evolution of the pharmacy over a span of more than two centuries. Ask questions, see medical equipment from colonial times, and see what types of home remedies were used in the 18th century for injury and illness.

Courthouse

Colonial Williamsburg just may be the only destination where you can actually visit an 18th-century courthouse. Watch a simulated court session and see exactly how the laws were enforced in the past. Experience history in this historic building that opened in 1771 and tells the story of the law in previous times.

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Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk

Anyone who enjoys a spooky experience will take delight in the Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk. This guided tour will take you around the streets of the area, as you hear about actual events that occurred hundreds of years in the past right there in the historic town. Get in touch with spirits as you hear about their amazing stories and experiences, and learn about all of the ways they still haunt the town.
 

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

As the oldest museum of folk art in the country, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is a place that you don’t want to miss while you are in Colonial Williamsburg. With plenty of paintings, sculptures, and exhibitions, you’ll be in awe of everything that you see. Ongoing exhibits include American Ship Paintings, German Toys in America, A Celebration of the Early American Iron, and much more.

Historical Government Buildings

You certainly do not want to miss the historical government buildings where the political future of Virginia got its beginnings. The Governor’s Palace and House of Burgesses are two such places where you can see re-enactments of political discussions and happenings. Learn all about Virginia as a colony, and see all about the quest for the independence of what is now the state of Virginia.

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Blacksmiths

See Historical Tradespeople in Action

No trip to Colonial Williamsburg would be complete without seeing how the tradespeople of the 18th century operated on a daily basis. Watch blacksmiths, wigmakers, coopers, and bookbinders as they create things that were essential for the colonial times.

Where to Eat

When the time comes for a bite to eat, you’ll want to do as the locals do and eat at a tavern.

Christiana Campbell’s Tavern

Christiana Campbell’s Tavern is a recreation of taverns during colonial times. Eat at the same place that George Washington did as you enjoy the local seafood and enjoy live music and singing. You’ll be visiting a piece of history as you consume a meal of authentic Southern fare served by waiters and waitresses wearing 18th-century clothing to give you a truly historical experience.

King’s Arms Tavern

Another colonial option for great Southern food is King’s Arms Tavern. Originally opened in 1772. You can enjoy classic dishes such as Grid-Iron Beefsteak, Southern Fried Chicken, Vegetable Pasta, and much more. Save room for dessert, because here at King’s Arms Tavern you will find selections that include Thomas Jefferson’s Brandy Spiked Bread Pudding, Southern Pecan Pie, and a delicious Chocolate Fudge Cake.
Colonial Williamsburg is a place like no other, where you can go back in time and see what America was like hundreds of years ago! Now, you have a great itinerary for a trip that will live in your memory for a lifetime.
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