There is no doubt that there is more to do in the Williamsburg area than one can do in a week. With Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg all within a few miles of each other, these 3 locations alone will take you at least 7 day to explore. If you are a history buff, or in to living history then you will have a blast in the historic Williamsburg triangle.
There are several ways to visit the “Historic Triangle”, but Tastes Like Travel recommends you visit Jamestown first, Yorktown second and then Williamburg last. The reason is simple. Jamestown was first. the English landed here in 1607 and established the first Colony that became the birthplace of America. Yorktown, on the other hand, is the place that America defeated the British to end the Revolutionary War. Both of these places are historic hallowed ground and a must see place. Visiting in this order give you information and insight that you will use as you visit the other locations.
Williamsburg is a true living history location. Essentially reconstructed by John D. Rockefeller II in the 1930’s, this town has been preserving and reenacting history since that time. There are hundreds of buildings to see, most recreating a shop, craft, or tavern that actually existed in 18th century Virginia. Some of the more notable are the Governors Palace, the Courthouse, the Armory and many others. When you arrive make sure you pick up “This Week in Williamsburg” as it will let you know what events and live reenactments are happening on each day. Each event is based on history and historical characters such as Patrick Henry, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson, and others all expertly played by character actors who never break character. On a visit to Mr. Charlton’s Coffee House we were thoroughly entertained by this character (see image) who was knowledgeable, informative and funny. The amazing thing is he never broke character. When told we were from the future he suggested a visit to the apothecary shop to get some hemp. Stating that Benjamin Franklin not only drank hemp as tea but also enjoyed smoking it….then ask if we might be doing that as well. It was a delightful encounter with an 18th century Williamsburg citizen that will not be forgotten. There are many events that take place during the day that draw characters from all over Colonial Williamsburg where they interact with each other and with the visitors. This is a fantastic historical representation of the actual events and people of Colonial Williamsburg that is sure to entertain and educate both young and old alike.
A visit to the Williamsburg Historical Triangle is a wonderful experience. Tastes Like Travel considers this a must do experience for people of all ages. If you go, go before school is out, or after it has started in the Fall as it is less crowded and the weather is usually quite pleasant. Regardless of when you go, wear comfortable shoes and plan on spending several days in the Williamsburg Historic Triangle. There is literally more to see and do than you will have time for, but do not miss a chance to go. The experience is unforgettable.