wasn't until America gained it's independence from Britain that
Virginia's capital was moved to Richmond - a more secure and
centrally located city. Previously, from 1699 to
1780, Williamsburg was the prosperous center of what was then
more sprawling, densely populated, and powerful than any other
colony. It was during these significant years that the vision of
America as an independent, liberated country was born. George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason were just a few
of the early patriots who cultivated the seeds of our democracy
in Williamsburg, founding the notions of responsible leadership,
belief in public service, autonomy, and individual freedom that
underlie our government today. As a political, cultural, and
educational midpoint for colonial America, Williamsburg, VA truly
was the cornerstone for what is the United States today.
A forty-year reconstruction period was initiated and funded in
the mid-twenties by the late John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the
Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Church.
Rockefeller and Goodwin both shared a passion for restoring and
protecting what they saw as a landmark essential to the
preservation of American history. Their efforts have kept
Colonial Williamsburg an accurate and constant reminder of
America's humble beginnings.
Colonial Williamsburg offers an abundance of history, entertainment, and
culture to visitors from around the world. Whether it's a guided
tour or a leisurely stroll, the town itself is a visual retreat
to colonial days. With more than eighty preserved
original colonial structures, re-enactment events, and educational forums,
Williamsburg breathes life into history and provides a wealth of
enlightening resources. School teachers are offered a host of
instructional tools, with electronic field trips, outreach
programs, and the Williamsburg Teacher Institute at their
If culture is your curiosity, explore Merchants Square, an
old-fashioned retail center featuring artisan crafts, galleries,
and gourmet foods.
As an equally modern town, Williamsburg, VA also offers all the
amenities for a fun and relaxing vacation. Major theme parks,
golf courses, parks, and even wineries can be found within the
area, and shopping and dining options are plentiful. With
special events throughout the year and all the comforts of home
in a uniquely significant stopping point on the American map,
Colonial Williamsburg is an experience to be remembered.
While visiting Colonial Williamsburg, you should also explore
Historic Yorktown, VA!
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