Williamsburg, Virginia is a town steeped in American History. Men of great historical importance, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson among others once walked those very streets, ate and slept in those very buildings. My family and I had the opportunity to take a road trip down to visit the area, and learn some great history along the way. The town is a fascinating place to visit but expect to shell out quite a bit of money on this trip.
It is free to wander around the town, and speak with the interpreters about the history of various buildings. Most of the buildings had sign posts with a minimal amount of history included but if you are wanting to tour any of the buildings you will have to buy tickets. There are also many demonstrations throughout Williamsburg during the day that you can take part in. My daughter was in a bucket brigade and my niece and nephew stomped on clay to make bricks. The children really enjoyed wandering around, but I probably wouldn’t recommend planning a lot of activities with toddlers. It was hot, muggy and you will have to walk a lot. You need at least one full day there to explore the town.
Colonial history is not very interesting to me, but I managed to find many fascinating things to occupy myself. There are an amazing amount of little gardens, and secluded sitting areas that were absolutely stunning and hard to find. I enjoyed slipping into garden gates and not knowing what I was going to find or who I would run into. The formal gardens and hedge maze were magical in my opinion, located behind the Governors Palace. I believe I could have spent an entire day wandering around those pathways. They were crowded during the morning, but as it heated up the gardens were deserted by late afternoon, and I wandered around snapping photos with little issue of people in my shots.
After five pm the costumed interpreters went home and the locals came out in droves. Yoga class on the Palace Green, joggers and bikers crowded the streets and the magical feelings of walking about in colonial times faded and were replaced by the fast paced modern world that happens to be surrounded by vintage homes and gardens. It was a great visit and a long day but would I visit again? No, the pricing is outrageous for family’s. Cold drinks and water were hard to find, and we had an unpleasant incident with an interpreter who didn’t like children. I’m glad we went but Williamsburg, Virginia is firmly checked off of our bucket list.
Next week we have some more history with Historic Jamestown Settlement.