Colonial WilliamsburgWhere the idea of america comes to life for citizens of all ages
With 10 restaurants, 45 holes of golf, eight tennis courts, swimming pools, a full-service spa, bicycle rental and walking trails, Colonial Williamsburg offers experiences for every age, taste and budget. Guests enjoy exploring Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and meeting the residents as they transform themselves from subjects of a distant king to citizens of a new republic. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg surprise guests with an expansive collection that includes both decorative and folk arts spanning five centuries.
The Revolutionary City
Guests can immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the city and experience what it was like to be a resident of a city facing war while exploring the government buildings, shops, homes, gardens, historic trades and taverns in the colonial capital. Townspeople, tradesmen, shopkeepers, political figures, women and slaves share their hopes, struggles and fears in these uncertain times. The challenges of daily life are set against the backdrop of revolution, an angry mob storms the Governor’s Palace and news of the Declaration of Independence arrives. Buzzing with political discussion and dispute, the city comes alive.
Engagement and Hands-on Experiences
Various guided and self-guided tours offered daily are included in a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. The tours provide an in-depth look at the homes and gardens of Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents, offer the perspective of a museum curator and provide an overview of all the Revolutionary City offers. Children enjoy marching with the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg, learning how to hold their weapon as newly enlisted members of the militia, helping with daily household chores, playing games colonial children enjoyed or creating their own folk art to take home. Guests can learn about the archaeological finds that informed the rebuilding of the Public Armoury and the reconstructed Market House. There’s a variety of daily activities to customize and complement each visit. From a romantic carriage ride to an in-depth look at period trades, guests can discover unique and unforgettable Colonial Williamsburg experiences. After the sun goes down, music, dancing, games, shows, and ghostly tales abound taking a visit well into the evening. Costume rental available at the Visitor Center and the Marketplace near the Magazine enhances the experience.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art with more than 5,000 objects, and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830. Top exhibits include “A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early American South,” “Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo,” and “Silver: From Mine to Masterpiece.” The Art Museums are accessible via the Public Hospital of 1773 at the intersection of Francis and South Henry streets.
Enhanced Dining Choices
Along with period-inspired Historic Area dining at Christiana Campbell’s, the King’s Arms and Shields taverns, guests can experience Josiah Chowning’s Tavern, reimagined as an 18th century-style alehouse featuring Colonial Williamsburg’s signature brews, Old Stitch and Dear Old Mum, on tap along with Virginia craft brews and period-inspired easy-to-share foods that pair nicely with the beverage selection. At the Taste Studio, the chefs of Colonial Williamsburg showcase varied new food and beverage programs with lively cooking demonstrations.
More information on ticketing and events is available online at colonialwilliamsburg.com or by calling 1-855-296-6627.