RV Destinations: Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to step back in time to the spirit of the 18th century. Williamsburg, Virginia reinterprets and recreates the American Revolutionary War time. The entire town is adorned in full colonial regalia and represent themselves as colonists straight from the pages of history. Williamsburg is bordered by Jamestown, which was the first colony settled in America. The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is, “The future may learn from the past.” It is a rewarding educational experience, with so many things to do you just have to check it out.
Here are some of the historical things you can do in this town:
R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse - Many years ago, the men of Williamsburg met here to drink tea and coffee and discuss business and news from England.
- Governor’s Palace- built in 1722, it was the home of the royal governor. It is unclear whether this building is called Palace because of its size compared to other colonial homes or because it housed a public official.
- The Capitol- this building housed Williamsburg’s government in the early 1700s. The building burned down several times, and after a new building was built it was used for many different events.
- Secretary’s Office – Officially called the Public Records Office, this houses all of the town’s important documents. It was built to withstand fire and keep all of the town records safe.
- Magazine- this building was used to house the town’s security materials used to protect Williamsburg.
Homes – there are many homes you can visit:
- Everard House- home to the keeper of the Magazine.
- George Wythe House, which belonged to the first man from Virginia to sign the Declaration of Independence. This house also accommodated great Americans including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Great Hopes Plantation- this plantation is a reinterpretation of the one that existed in the 18th century. The Great Hopes Plantation of the 18th century was located in the next town over in York County, but was moved to Williamsburg to give visitors easier access. Today, at Great Hopes Plantation, you can watch the reenactment of slaves, carpenters, and farmers.
- Christiana Campbell’s Tavern was frequented by George Washington. Today you can enjoy seafood specials.
- Chowning’s Tavern- during the day the tavern is very modern, but at night it turns into a traditional 18th century ale house.
- King’s Arms Tavern- visited by many of the aristocracy, this tavern offers the King’s traditional food.
- Williamsburg Inn- first class dining
- Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant- enjoy local specialties
- Williamsburg Lodge Lounge- hear musical entertainment or catch the game on TV
- Museum Café- light lunch offered
- Raleigh Tavern Bakery- sweet treats and soup and sandwiches are available
There is so much more to do in Williamsburg - this is only a sampling. Make this your next destination and have a wonderful learning experience at the same time. You will never forget the memories.
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