A visit here centres almost entirely upon the area known as Colonial Williamsburg.
Restoration and preservation after painstaking research have turned the clock back over 200 years in this, Virginia’s colonial capital. In the 173-acre Historic Area you may enjoy many of the gardens, visit the shops and walk the same streets as did Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Patrick Henry. There are more than 500 restored and reconstructed buildings and this unparalleled view of 18th century life is brought alive by costumed townspeople interacting with visitors and going about their daily lives as they would have done at the time.
The nearby Colonial National Historical Park encompasses almost the entire Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown which are linked by way of the scenic 23-mile Colonial Parkway. Great efforts have been made to keep traffic signs and other modern roadside items to a minimum, and make them unobtrusive where unavoidable. This helps visitors mentally return to the past, and there are often views of wildlife and waterfowl in addition to the river panoramas at each end.