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As a high school student, I was not fond of history classes. I think that I did not really appreciate history until I was a grown woman and visited Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Here, in this perfectly preserved 18th Century American Capital City, I discovered real history. I saw the day-to-day lives of men and women of another era and soon, I wanted to know as much as possible.
Begun in 1699, Williamsburg was named in honor of the king of England, William III. Although Jamestown was the first capital, it was moved to a newly designed city, Williamsburg. Williamsburg was newly built following a predetermined design with a large open area in the center of town (Market Square). A main street was to cross this square in an east-west direction (Duke of Gloucester Street). This city was to be a center of learning (William and Mary College), religion (Bruton Parish Church), and government (Governer's Palace).
Two people responsible for the restoration of Williamsburg were:
Reverent W.A. R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Church and Mr. John D. Rockerfeller, Jr., philanthopist. These two men made the dream come true, and today Historic Williamsburg is really both a museum and a living city.
Goodwin called Williamsburg the "Cradle of Liberty", and once you visit this historical museum, this living time capsule, this resurrected "Cradle of Liberty", you, too, will love history!
- Pros:Living History, Incredible shopping, great restaurants, super architecture
- In a nutshell:A city that is a museum, a time capsule, and a resurrection of the past.
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