"Pompeii of America!" Top 5 Page for this destination Williamsburg by matcrazy1
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Williamsburg, settled in 1632, became the capital of the most populated and wealthiest British colony in America - Virginia - in 1699 for the next 81 years.
Governor of Virginia Thomas Jefferson was afraid that Williamsburg's location made it vulnerable to a British attack and in 1780, during the American Revolutionary War, the capital was moved to Richmond.
In the early 20th century, John D. Rockefeller financed a project to restore a large portion of the city's 18th century buildings to their original condition. The restored area is known as Colonial Williamsburg which I was lucky to visit together with Urszula (matcrazy0) and Nat (b1bob). Currently there are more visitors to Colonial Williamsburg than to the US capital, Washington. I am not that much surpriced about it, now.
Colonial Williamsburg, the historic district of the city of Williamsburg mostly consists of the buildings (over 500) that comprised the original colonial capital of Wlliamsburg. I joined guided tours inside the two highlights: the Governor's Palace and the Capitol, the first capitol in America.
My eyes enjoyed looking at pretty colonial architecture and locals costumed in colonial dresses. My ears heard colonial music. My nose felt the 18th century aromas, my mouth wanted to taste colonial food although financial center of my brain warned me: do not over-pay, you just started quite expensive trip and already spent $90 for 2 tickets :-).
- Pros:History shown in the impressive way
- Cons:Tourist prices
- In a nutshell:Discover the colonial life of America!
It is not the best idea to visit Colonial Williamsburg during half a day but I had no choice. Well, I can't complain, I... more travel advice
Thanks to Nat I wasn't obliged to look for any accommodation in Williamsburg, but anyway, I was looking for my possible... more travel advice
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