Stepping Back in Time
While my parents were visiting we took a day trip to check out the living museum of Colonial Williamsburg.
For 81 years, Williamsburg was the center of government for the Colony of Virginia. In 1780, Thomas Jefferson moved the capitol to Richmond to be more central to western counties and less susceptible to British attack.
After the capitol was moved, the city of Williamsburg fell into decline. In the late 1920’s the restoration and recreation of colonial Williamsburg begun. There are roughly 500 buildings that were reconstructed or restored, of which 88 are labeled original.
Today, Colonial Williamsburg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Virginia. It is set up as a living museum and populated with reenactors who explain and demonstrate what daily life might have looked like in colonial times.
Visiting Colonial Williamsburg
Anyone can walk through the historic district, free of charge. However, an admission fee is required to access the interior of the historic buildings. Be prepared to walk a lot. I suggest bringing water and snacks as the onsite taverns are quite busy. We inquired about a table for lunch around 2pm and were told the wait would be over an hour! Sunscreen and a hat are also advisable as you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors. Click here for more information on visiting Colonial Williamsburg.
I found Colonial Williamsburg to be charming, although crowded, even in the Spring. I look forward to visiting again and spending a bit more time exploring.