Forward By Jennifer Rae
It might be cold outside this time of year, but Colonial Williamsburg is easy on the eye no matter what the temperature, especially as the town transitions gracefully from the day into night. Twinkle lights are everywhere, and a blanket of puffy white snow make the experience so picturesque. As the townspeople and tourists bustle about, the story of 18th century America unfolds before them.
Here are some beautiful photos and a great travel blog with tips on how to best experience the richness and the deep roots of such a significant part of our country. Williamsburg is one of the first planned cities in America…the historical architecture that was carved into a now seeming untouched landscape from a time past, carriage rides and cobblestone walks, the food and the shopping…all that you experience will leave you with wonderful tales to tell those who are ready to listen.
The Iconic Crim Dell Bridge Pixabay
The Governers Palace on Palace Green Street (Pixabay)
COLONIAL AND GREATER WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA 3 WAYS
by Samantha Brown
Learning by doing is way more fun than reading a book. That’s just one of the reasons why you should consider a trip to America’s historic triangle. The Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown settlements mark major events in the story of colonial America… and they are so close to one another that you can really explore all three in one fell swoop.
While people may think of Colonial Williamsburg as more of a school field trip locale, complete with actors in traditional garb, it’s important to remember what happened here remains so relevant today. For example, 2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, as well as the convening of the first General Assembly, which lay the foundation for a democratic, independent United States. There’s many incredible stories to be gleaned, even if you arrive skeptical, you’ll leave with a greater appreciation for the United States.
Here are three ways to explore Williamsburg.
Good for everyone to know:
- It’s actually free to explore the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living museum in the world. However, if you want to go into most of the buildings, partake in tours, take a carriage ride or watch artisans hone their craft, you’ll need a ticket.
- Make it extra easy on yourself by downloading the free Colonial Williamsburg mobile app. You may purchase admission tickets, reserve carriage rides, and gain access to coupons.
- There’s a lot going on in Williamsburg—be sure to check out their weekly schedule prior to heading there.
- And if you’re looking for things to do on the cheap, check out the Yorktown Trolley and Jamestown-Scotland Ferry. Rides on both are free.
If you’re interested in American history, few places offer as much as Williamsburg. From the Governor’s Palace to the second-oldest university in the USA, you aren’t going to run out of things to do.