Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area

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Williamsburg, VA 23187- Map It

AAA Editor Notes

Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area is off I-64 exit 238, following signs. This 301-acre interactive living-history museum re-creates the spirit and culture of everyday life in the 18th-century capital of Virginia. Engaging educational programming focusing on guest interaction is introduced seasonally. After 1780, when Richmond became Virginia’s capital, Williamsburg reverted to the status of a quiet college town. Fearing that many of its historic buildings would be lost, a local minister, the Rev. W.A.R. Goodwin, persuaded John D. Rockefeller Jr. to finance the restoration of the Colonial town. In 1926 the two men embarked on an ambitious project with architects, archeologists and historians to preserve some 70 structures. Colonial Williamsburg is a step back in time to the 18th century, where costumed interpreters—tradespeople, housewives, slaves, freemen, governmental officials and soldiers—go about their everyday duties. Many of the buildings can be visited on self-guiding tours, while others are open for guided tours only. Live outdoor theater experiences are offered daily re-creating the struggle for American independence 1774-81. The program focuses on the collapse of the royal government and the Colonies at war. Events take place throughout the historic area; hours vary seasonally. Leashed pets are permitted in some outdoor areas. Guided tours are available. Pets on leash are allowed. Food is available.
Tickets, which are required to enter buildings and to ride the shuttle, are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, the Greenhow Lumber House ticket office on Duke of Gloucester Street and at the Merchants Square Information Station. Single-day Ticket $40.99; $20.49 (ages 6-12). Multiday Ticket (valid for 3 days through the end of the year) $50.99; $25.49 (ages 6-12). Sampler Ticket (admission to two trade shops, one family home and the Public Gaol) $25.99; $12.49 (ages 6-12). Art Museum Single-day Ticket $12.99; $6.49 (ages 6-12). Discounted tickets are available in advance at participating AAA offices.
Hours: Most historic area buildings open daily 9-5. Museums and The Public Hospital open daily at 10. Museums close at 7 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. Various performances depicting aspects of Colonial life take place daily throughout the historic area. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.