America's best-known living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg transports visitors back to the 18th century, when the city was the capital of England's oldest, largest, and richest colony. You arrive in Virginia on the brink of the American Revolution, and Williamsburg pulls you right into the era, surrounding you with the sights, sounds, and activities of the emerging nation.
Orient yourself to the surroundings and brush up on Virginia history by viewing the film at the Visitor Center. Then begin to explore the 173-acre Historic Area, containing hundreds of restored and reconstructed buildings interspersed with gardens and pathways.
In these Virginia homes and taverns, shops and streets, you'll overhear "People of the Past" in period costume debate royalty, taxation, religion, slavery. Want to join in? It's a budding democracy; go ahead.
Immerse yourself in antiques-filled luxury by overnighting in the Williamsburg Inn, a National Trust Historic Hotel of America. Sample tavern menus that serve 18th-century recipes, such as Chesapeake Bay crab cakes and spoon bread, adapted for 20th-century tastes.
Allow time to view the DeWitt Wallace Gallery's priceless portraits, silver, early American and English furniture, ceramics, costumes, and weaponry. It's one of the finest in Virginia.
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