America’s Historic Triangle: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorkstown

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The corners of Virginia’s Historic Triangle mark major events in the story of colonial America. Linked by the scenic 23-mile Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown were important stops on our nation’s journey from the first lasting English settlement to the final battle that secured liberty and independence for the citizens of the new nation.

Today, in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, visitors walk along the path of freedom and linger in the footsteps of the ordinary men and women – black, white, and Native American; conquered, slave, and free – who created a new country. In Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, or Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, the Yorktown Battlefield, and the Yorktown Victory Center, we revisit the birthplace of our nation.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is more than just a 173-acre historic district lovingly brought back to life over the course of nearly a century by the wealthy Rockefeller family. It’s also a fun destination! Time your visit to catch the Fifes and Drums March that regularly makes its way from the Capitol to the Palace Green.

In the Market Square area, don’t miss the Courthouse, where costumed players reenact the course of old-time justice, complete with powdered wigs and pre-Revolutionary legal slang. Embrace your inner actors with the chance to play defendants, lawyers, and other players in these daily dramas.

Back in the colonial complex, don’t miss the Governor’s Palace that Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson called home after its 1722 completion. Nearly three centuries later, you can be transported back to its previous incarnations as a staging ground for grand balls and a temporary war hospital, thanks to the team of talented guides.

Sing along to a rousing eighteenth-century pub tune over Welsh Rarebit—think colonial open-faced grilled cheese—and ribs at Chowning’s Tavern. Cell phones are banned to complete the back-in-time experience, and the “half-pint” menu has plenty of great options for kids to go with your glass of old-fashioned ale.

Jamestown Settlement

Head fifteen minutes southwest to the nearby Jamestown Settlement, home to the first British colonists in the New World. Tour the painstakingly recreated village, where the depth of knowledge and development already achieved by the Powhatan Indians before the Europeans arrived is sure to impress you.

Yorktown Battlefield

Discover what it took for the United States to be independent as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.  Here at Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, General George Washington, with allied American and French forces, besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis’s British army.  On October 19, Cornwallis surrendered, effectively ending the war and ensuring independence.

Where to Stay

Surrounded by the comforting warmth that’s a hallmark of American folk art relax at the newly renovated Williamsburg Lodge. Guest room furnishings are inspired by the collections of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and include modern amenities too. Just steps from the Lodge the Historic Areas costumed interpreters lead guests through colonial homes and businesses providing a unique way to explore our country s beginnings. Features and Benefits New guest houses and renovations provide 323 guest rooms and suites with comfort and convenience Free wireless high speed Internet connectivity in all guest rooms and specially discounted Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets available to Lodge guests. Walking distance (across the street) from Colonial Williamsburg’s famed Historic Area. Adjacent to the renowned Golden Horseshoe Golf Club home to 45 holes of championship golf designed by course architect legends Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones. Steps from 26 Shops of Colonial Williamsburg and 40 boutiques of Merchants Square Luxurious new spa adjacent to hotel. Great for families, super convenient.

Where to Eat

Fat Canary
410 W Duke of Gloucester St
4.8 $$$ · American
Refined, green-walled bistro serving upscale American fare & wines, with a cheese shop & patio.
Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill
199 S Boundary St
3.9 · $$ · Seafood
Crab cakes typify the regional offerings at this nautical eatery with an outdoor grill & microbrews.
DoG Street Pub
401 W Duke of Gloucester St
4.1 · $$ · Pub
Gastropub serving craft beers & elevated Brit-influenced comfort fare amid updated colonial decor.
Josiah Chowning’s Tavern
109 E Duke of Gloucester St
4.1 · $$ American
Reconstructed 1766 tavern set in a white Colonial house with faithful furnishings & a Southern menu.
The Cheese Shop
410 W Duke of Gloucester St
4.5· Cheese Shop
Aromas Coffeehouse Bakeshop & Cafe
431 Prince George St
4.1 · American
Counter-serve coffeehouse popular for breakfast, but with dinner too, in a sunny, bright-hued space.

 

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Meridith is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve, a leading women’s lifestyle media company that provides news and resources to inspire and empower women. Meridith also works as a digital consultant and social media strategist and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help increase brand awareness and improve social media engagement. Meridith holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Prior to founding Project Eve, she spent 15 years working in investment banking. Meridith currently lives on Stratton Mountain in Vermont with her husband and 2 daughters and spends her free time teaching skiing, practicing yoga, hiking and snowshoeing.