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    Visitors Centre

    by bugalugs Updated Jan 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: An adult ticket for a day pass costs $39, $19.50 for a child between 6 - 14 years. Dont forget that if you are not really bothered about entering the buildings or dont have enough time then you can just walk round the town.

    This includes the use of the shuttle bus which takes you from the Visitor's Centre into the Colonial part. You can however, walk across a bridge from the Visitor's Centre which leads along a path through a park area and takes approximately 10 minutes.

    If you pay for your day pass you can watch a film at the Visitor's Centre on Colonial Williamsburg.

    Restrooms, wheelchair hire, phones, water fountains and cold drinks are all available here.

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    Visitor's Centre

    by bugalugs Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Before we visited The Colonial part of Williamsburg I had thought that it was only accessible by paying, however this is not so. Anyone can walk round this Colonial town, day or night and see all the lovely buildings. But should you wish to enter some of the buildings then you have to purchase a pass at the Visitor's Centre which is open 365 days per year, however opening hours are shorter during winter months.

    In the buildings for which you have to have a ticket you will see exhibits and how it was like for people living on Colonial times all dressed in the clothes of the period.

    This photo is taken outside the visitors centre showing a bronze map of the area. The Visitors Centre is off Colonial Parkway, directions to the centre all well signposted.

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    Getting around

    by bugalugs Updated Jan 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: To enable you to find the things you want to see in Colonial Williamsburg you need to pick up a Visitor's Guide with a detailed map, either from a tourist information office in the area or from the Visitor's Centre at Colonial Williamsburg.

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    What was Jefferson's real opinion on equality?

    by steph4867 Updated Mar 14, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Ask him yourself.

    True, Colonial Williamsburg has been fully restored to its 18th-century glory, but it's not the buildings that make this living history museum such a special experience - it's the people.

    Up and down Duke of Gloucester Street and the town's many side streets, the city bustles with human activity - craftsmen hard at work, tavern owners greeting guests, everyday citizens going about their business. Each one has a story to tell.

    You'll find tradespeople busy making shoes, furniture, wigs, buckets and other colonial necessities - all using 18th-century tools and practices. They'll hold impromptu talks on technique, and are happy to answer your questions.

    Colonial citizens in period costume have assumed specific personas of actual people who lived. By conversing with these townspeople, you can learn the most about 18th-century opinion and state of mind. Keep an ear open as you encounter the 'locals.' The possibility of a free America is on the lips of everyone in town - and then again, you could overhear a bit of gossip involving a recent scandal. You might even be lucky enough to meet Thomas Jefferson, Martha Washington or some other colonial celebrity.

    Historical interpreters are also on hand, serving as your personal bridge between the present and the past, helping you to understand the city's culture and history.

    Each person you encounter in Colonial Williamsburg has his or her own thoughts on the day's issues. A public official, a slave, a housewife, a soldier, a patriot, a loyalist - each represents the chance to learn something new about this important and exciting place in time.

    Jefferson holds court

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    The Glissade

    by b1bob Written Mar 5, 2003

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    Fondest memory: The Glissade doesn't look like much of a roller coaster, but it sure enough was impressive to this 10-year old boy on a 31 July 1979 visit to Busch Gardens. When I came back in May, 2000, I didn't see it. I guess they had to make way for the Alpengeist.

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    Walking back through time

    by shdw100 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Williamsburg is the open air feeling that you get walking around, seeing people in revolutionary type dress, and feeling like you just walked back in time. There are so many places to explore and things to do and shop for that you definately need 1-2 days to take it all in. Williamsburg has definately done a great job at making you feel like a part of history, as well as a wonderful job in maintaining and restoring old buildings and preserving a way of life.

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    Go back in time . . .

    by acemj Updated Oct 18, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A visit to Williamsburg is like stepping back in time. You can walk through Williamsburg without purchasing a ticket (a day pass is $33 for an adult), but in order to tour the buildings, you'll need a ticket. You can visit the Visitor Center and obtain your tickets, exchange your dollars into Colonial Currency to spend inside Williamsburg (not required) and make reservations for various programs.

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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    by b1bob Written Oct 18, 2002

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    Fondest memory: In 1975, Busch Gardens opened its theme park near its Williamsburg brewery, which used to give tours. The nickname for Busch Gardens Williamsburg was (and is) The Old Country. There are various sections of the park that copy the architecture and style of certain European countries like England, France, and Germany. Since its opening, they have added Italy in 1980 and were working on Ireland when I was there last in May, 2000.

    Entrance to Hastings: Busch Gardens 8/8/75

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    acemj taking a pint of ale at Shields Tavern

    by b1bob Written Oct 14, 2002

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    Fondest memory: For those of y'all who have seen acemj's Boston, MA page, this snap may seem familiar. Mark and I went to Colonial Williamsburg on Sunday, 13 October 2002. Like always, we bought our tickets at the Visitor's Centre, hopped aboard a shuttle bus, and went to the historic area. Different from the usual programme, we stopped first at the Governor's Palace. After the tour of the inside we tried the maze (we're not still lost), and we took snaps around the grounds. Next, we had our photos taken in pillory. We went to the usual must see of the Capitol which is patterned after the British House of Commons. Mark was especially interested in the College of William & Mary, so we took a brief tour there. On our way back down Duke of Gloucester Street, we went shopping at the College Shop and found various whatnots. Last, we took a great lunch at Shields Tavern (see the restaurant tip).

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    I have been in Williamsburg...

    by upesnlwc Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I have been in Williamsburg for 19 years. I have found Williamsburg to be one of the most peaceful places on Earth. This is my suggestion for you...One night after dark, go the the Dunkin Doughnuts on Richmond Rd., get a cup of coffee, go to Mrchant's Square and sit on the benches in front of Binn's Department Store. Drink your coffee, chat with a freind, listen to the silence and serinity, or take a walk down Duke Of Glouchester with all of the colonial style lights on to dimly light the road. If you are there in the summertime, you may even see me there on those very smae benches, EVERYNIGHT.

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    Visit the Busch Gardens...

    by Venturingnow Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Theme Park. It rocks! We have one close to my old hometown, but this one is 10 times better. They had just opened a new ride or two when we arrived, so it was really fun.

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    Here is a picture of the...

    by Venturingnow Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Here is a picture of the Jamestown settlement. It's worth the visit due to the history involved.  They restored two of the boats that were used to migrate to this settlement, and you can go aboard and tour the one shown in the above picture.

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    Take a nice stroll through the...

    by Venturingnow Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take a nice stroll through the lovely streets of Williamsburg, a very pleasant experience. Also walk them at night, the houses are lit up, and you can hire a guide to explain the history of the city.

    Fondest memory: Walking through the town and stopping at the very old stores along the way to get an ice cream or soda from the lovely elderly who man the shops.

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    by MegSmith252 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: I particularly enjoyed the Candlelight choral concert at the Bruton Parish Church - a church which was consecrated before my own country was discovered.
    A visiting choir of young men performed many classical pieces and after the break American song. The finale was 'America the Beautiful' where the audience was invited to join in. I joined in too, even though I'm an Aussie. It was a magical experience.

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    Williamsburg is the Gateway to...

    by ubqitus Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Williamsburg is the Gateway to the Virginia historic triangle. It is home to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's historic restoration of Virginia's colonial capitol and home to many key players of the American independence movement. Nearby is Jamestown, site of the first successful English colony in North America. There are National Park facilities as well as the state operated Jamestown Settlement, a re-created replica of the original village, which also has replicas of the original ships that brought the colonists to the James River location. At the other end of the Colonial Parkway lies Yorktown, the site of General Cornwallis' defeat and surrender to the George Washington's Continental Army, effectively ending the American Revolution. The National Park Services oversees the battlefield areas, and the State of Virginia operates the Yorktown Victory center.

    Fondest memory: Dining in the King's Arms Tavern enjoying Game Pie with Peanut Soup as an appetizer.

    * (Photo compliments of Loubess)

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