Where History Comes to Life
Over 4,000,000 people visit the area every year to experience the lives and times of our colonial What to See and Do
Fast becoming a top golf destination, Williamsburg
ancestors. Williamsburg, along with nearby Yorktown boasts more than a dozen courses. It is also home to Busch
and Jamestown, comprises a historic triangle. In the early Gardens and Water Country USA. The College of William
20th century, one of the U.S.’s largest historic restorations and Mary provides sports fans with a range of athletic
was undertaken to turn Colonial Williamsburg into a events.
Major points of interest in the historic district include
Virginia’s first capitol building, the Governor’s Palace,
Bruton Parish Church, which is the oldest continually-
Williamsburg was founded as the capital of the Virginia operating church in the United States, and the College
Colony in 1699. One of America’s first planned cities, of William and Mary. The Dewitt Wallace Decorative
Williamsburg was designed to be a ‘new and well-ordered Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art
city,’ suitable for the capital of the largest and most Museum, theatres, outdoor concerts and a thriving educa-
populous of the British colonies in America. Today, tional community add to Williamsburg’s appeal.
Williamsburg is known internationally as the premier cen-
The Williamsburg Inn, a historic country inn with
ter for the preservation and interpretation of American modern gracious appointments, is the crown jewel of
colonial history, and as the home of the nation’s premier Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels. Enjoy afternoon tea by the
small public university: The College of William and Mary. fire or lawn bowling and croquet on the beautiful grounds.
With more than 500 restored and reconstructed historic The famous façade has not changed since its construction,
buildings spread across 301 acres, Colonial Williamsburg and interior renovations span three centuries of style.
can be covered by foot, by bike or with one of the city’s
The King Arms Tavern and Christiana Campbell’s
numerous walking tours.
Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg remain true to the area’s
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