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Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Virginia
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Colonial Williamsburg
102 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23187Map
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
+1 757 229 1000
Neighborhood: Colonial Williamsburg
AOL Travel Editor’s Review

Spread over 301 acres concealed from the modern world by thick woods is one of the largest living museums in the world, the largest outdoor living history in the U.S. and the main attraction in Williamsburg. Indeed, for many people Colonial Williamsburg is Williamsburg, such that the two terms are synonymous. Also known by locals as CW or just the Historic Area, Colonial Williamsburg consists of some approximately 500 preserved or restored buildings that once stood here, in Virginia’s former capital. Taken together, these buildings are meant to realize the experience of an 18th-century Colonial city, inhabited by interpreters who speak, for lack of a better word, "Colonialese." Visitors enter through a visitor center and, depending on the tickets they purchase, have access to preserved buildings, including the restored Virginia’s Governor’s Palace; Bruton Parish Church (where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson attended services); stalls where folks weave, hammer pig iron, etc.; and the former Virginia Capitol, where immigrants are naturalized in a yearly ceremony meant to preserve the American civic ideal that, in so many ways, began here. Liberties have been taken with history—Colonial cities were never so clean and well ordered—but CW takes admirable steps to explain controversial issues like slavery. In the end, despite some issues of accuracy, Colonial Williamsburg is a place where the historical roots of America are extremely accessible, and for that, we nod our tri-cornered hat in approval.

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By LauraE | Posted 11/22/11
  Why does slavery have to be mentioned in every single article pertaining to the South? The Southern States are NOT defined by slavery. This constant mention of slavery every time a tour takes place in the South is just rediculous. Many countries today still own slaves. Concentrate on that for a change people, instead of something that was abolished over 146 years ago....   Read More
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  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Educational, Arts & Museums
  • Credit Cards Accepted: mastercard, discover, amex, visa
  • Nearest Train: Williamsburg Amtrak Station
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