Williamsburg Things to Do

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  • 1. Busch Gardens

    Amusement park with rides, shows, and shops. The roller coasters are top notch, in this order: Griffon, Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Loch Ness Monster. My tips for making the most of your experience...

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  • 2. Governor's Palace

    I've been to the Governor's Palace twice - once in 1962-63 when we lived in Norfolk, and again after my dad died in 1973. These photos are all from 1963 The first photo shows the Palace through the...

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  • 3. Colonial

    Because we have horses, we know that a blacksmith makes all kinds of objects out of iron. The person who shoes horses is a Farrier which is a kind of blacksmith. The blacksmith James Anderson was...

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  • 4. The Capitol

    The original capitol of Virginia was, of course, Jamestown. After fire destroyed that building three times, the Burgesses moved the colony government to Middle Plantation (i.e. Williamsburg). The...

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  • 5. Gaol - Jail

    Every town needs a jail, or gaol is it was once called. Williamsburg was certainly no exception. Its old gaol had a live-in keeper, and a number of very austere cells. Free tours are given regularly,...

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  • 6. Bruton Parish Church

    This Episcopalian church has been in service still since 1715. The bell in the white wooden steeple rang out as the local liberty bell during Revolutionary War and now announces services. Colonial...

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  • 7. House of Burgesses

    the original house of burgesses was established in jamestown in 1619. a burgess was a freeman of a borough. these elected colonists assembled in the house of burgesses. in 1699 the house of burgesses...

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  • 8. The Magazine

    The spark that ignited the Revolution in Virginia was struck where the colony stored its gunpowder, the Magazine in the middle of Williamsburg. This arsenal is the site of the Gunpowder incident of...

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  • 9. College of William & Mary

    pictured is the wren building on the campus of the college of william and mary. the college of william and mary was founded by reverend james blair in 1693. the school is named after king william III...

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  • 10. Merchants Square

    merchants square is located between the colonial williamsburg historic area and the college of william and mary. this colonial themed shopping and entertainment venue offers over 40 shops, bars, and...

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  • 11. George Wythe House

    One of the most influential men of the Revolutionary era, George Wythe ranks among colonial America's finest lawyers, legal scholars, and teachers. Among the young men Wythe trained in the law were...

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  • 12. Carriage Rides

    Why not see colonial Williamsburg the way the original gentry did, by horse and carriage. TIP: This activity filled up QUICKLY--sign up is advised asap when arriving in Williamsburg. Check at the...

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  • 13. Raleigh Tavern

    Established about 1717, the Raleigh's namesake was Sir Walter Raleigh whose lead bust stood above the door; during Publick Times in April and October, planters and merchants from all over the colony...

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  • 14. Public Hospital

    The Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds was the first building in North America devoted solely to the treatment of the mentally ill. The first patient was admitted October 12,...

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  • 15. Peyton Randolph House

    The deep red Peyton Randolph House is one of the oldest, most historic, and without doubt most beautiful of Colonial Williamsburg's original 18th-century homes. The original structure was built in...

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  • 16. Apothecary

    The apothecary is an interesting building showcasing ancient medicines and treatments; it also reveals how gruesome and unsanitary they were. There are no guided tours, so you can just walk in and...

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  • 17. Berkeley Plantation

    Not far from Williamsburg is one of Virginia's most historic homes, Berkeley Plantation. In 1619, 38 English investors founded the Berkeley Company. They chartered this land to be farmed. So began the...

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  • 18. Winery

    I'd never been to a winery before, even though I adore the fruit of the vine. Williamsburg was my first, and only, so far. You drive in through the fields and they are really pretty. Inside, they've...

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  • 19. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

    The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum presents a generous selection of the most important objects in the Colonial Williamsburg decorative arts collections. British and American antiques, pewter...

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  • 20. Courthouse

    illiamsburg's citizens assembled at their courthouse at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 1783, to celebrate at last the end of the war with England-just as they had gathered seven years earlier to hear...

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  • 21. Colonial Garden

    Gardens have always been an important aspect of the Williamsburg scene, both in the 18th century and today. Colonial Williamsburg's political and historical legacy is well known, but despite its...

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  • 22. Wetherburn's Tavern

    Little is known of Henry Wetherburn's background. He makes his first appearance in the local records in 1731. In the spring of that year he applied for a license to marry Mary Bowcock, widow of the...

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  • 23. Geddy House

    James Geddy, Jr., owned the property from 1760 through the Revolutionary era and built the present two-story house shortly after 1762. The L-shaped house plan is uncommon in Williamsburg and may have...

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  • 24. Elkanah Deane House

    This home of an Irish coachmaker was bought with the adjacent shop and garden for 700 pounds in 1772. The Elkanah Deane House is not open to the...

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  • 25. Historical Homes of Duke of Gloucester Street #1

    Duke of Gloucester Street simple beginnings was when it was once a narrow Indian path that was used by settlers as a horse path in the 17th century when the...

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