"Williamsburg: Living History" Williamsburg by Tom_Fields

Williamsburg Travel Guide: 791 reviews and 1,289 photos

Colonial Williamsbug

During the colonial era, this was the capital of the Virginia colony. Sadly, the original town was all but abandoned for many years, and most of it fell into ruin. Then, in the 1920s, restoration began. The Reverend W.A.R. Goodwin of the Bruton Parish Church pooled his knowledge and resources with oilman John D. Rockefeller to rebuild the old colonial town.

Today, the town is operated by a private, non-profit entity called the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This group provides a valuable educational, historical, and cultural service by maintaining the restored town, providing tours, and teaching about America's early history. For a history buff, any visit to Virginia should include a stop here. It's perfect for a day trip, or an weekend if you include nearby Jamestown.

Replica of Jamestown

The original settlement of Jamestown was established May 13, 1607. Recently, the 400th anniversary was celebrated with speeches, visits from the President and Queen of England, and other events. Not much remains of it, but it has been re-created nearby. This is, like Williamsburg, a very educational experience, and a lot of fun.

The Real Jamestown Site

The actual settlement at Jamestown, along the banks of the James River, was thought to have been completely inundated and no longer accessible. However, recent archeological digs have shown that it's still right next to the river. Work continues. While the old fort is gone, some of the original foundations of the old houses remain. A small museum contains artifacts and a few actual remains of early settlers.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plenty of history
  • Cons:Most of the original places are gone
  • In a nutshell:A history buff's dream, perfect for a weekend
  • Last visit to Williamsburg: May 2007
  • Intro Written May 20, 2007
  • Add to Trip Planner (?)
  • Report Abuse

Reviews (32)

Comments (2)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    I wish all people could come here to take in our short history and appreciate the preservation and rebuild done by some of the influential of the US. My last time was 1981 and still a good memory. Great presentation by you.

  • barbskie's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Great informations. Thanks for bringing up memories. Until now my Wpage is not yet done. cheers


“Life should be lived, not watched.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 2 0 5

Badges & Stats in Williamsburg

  • 32 Reviews
  • 101 Photos
  • 0 Forum posts
  • 2,887PageViews

Have you been to Williamsburg?

  Share Your Travels  

Latest Activity in Williamsburg

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (5)