America's Historic Triangle
Experience three living-history museums, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center and two national park sites, Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown National Battlefield. All are easily accessible within the Historic Triangle and are linked by the scenic Colonial Parkway.
Begin your day at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center where your America Historic Triangle pass will be validated. Stroll into the Historic Area and step back in time to a thriving 18th-century community. America’s largest living history museum offers an unparalleled view of daily colonial life at a time when Williamsburg was a powerful center of politics, commerce and culture. Explore more than 500 original and carefully reconstructed public buildings, private homes, taverns and shops, as well as the Governor’s Palace and the Capitol. Ninety acres of gardens and public greens add to the beauty of your surroundings. Stop and talk with costumed character interpreters and tradesmen demonstrating historic crafts.
For lunch, experience some of the sumptuous fare that are offered in authentic colonial taverns or wander around the Merchants Square area which offers gourmet dining as well as lighter fare in casual atmospheres and a great selection of sandwiches in an outside setting. Continue your living history experience throughout the afternoon in the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg.
Start the day at Jamestown Settlement where visitors are immersed in the world of America’s first permanent English colonists and the Powhatan Indians they encountered. Your visit will begin with Jamestown: The Beginning, a 15-minute dramatic documentary film narrated by an actor portraying one of the settlers who arrived in 1607. The film is shown in a new 250-seat theater. Comprehensive gallery exhibits describe world events and social and economic conditions that led to the English colonization of America and the formation of the Virginia Company that sponsored Jamestown with a goal of earning its investors a profit. Board a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607. Try on armor or play a game of quoits in a palisaded colonial fort. In a re-created Powhatan Indian village, take part in activities Pocahontas would have helped with as a child, like grinding corn and making cordage.
Take a leisurely lunch. Visit the cafe at Jamestown Settlement where you can find a good selection of sandwiches, salads, pizzas and other luncheon favorites. Save a few minutes after lunch to browse through Jamestown Settlement’s unique gift shop and find special gifts for the entire family.
For the afternoon, hop over to Historic Jamestowne. Start your experience at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Information Station, where exhibits and walking tours with Park Rangers provide background on Jamestowne’s beginnings. Walk through the townsite to see the original church tower dating to the 1640s and the reconstructed foundations of some of the earliest buildings. At the Glasshouse, costumed glassblowers demonstrate one of the first industries attempted in English-speaking America. Driving tours explore the lush natural settings, and exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed that wilderness for their needs.
The story of the American Revolution unfolds at Yorktown Victory Center where you will gain a new appreciation and understanding of the nation’s beginnings. A re-created 1780s farm provides a look at how many Americans lived in the early years of the new nation. Try on 18th-century-style clothing, join a military drill, or help water a vegetable and herb garden.
Take a break for lunch at one of the various cafes throughout the Historic Yorktown area and Riverwalk Landing. Make sure to save some time to browse through the unique shops on this revolutionary waterfront treasure.
The afternoon includes visiting Yorktown Battlefield where the British surrendered and America’s independence was won. Walking tours of the battlefield and the historic town are offered daily. A nine-mile self-guided driving tour winds through the cannons, fortifications and markers of the battlefield for a chronological tour of the seige. See original and reconstructed earthworks and siege lines built and defended by troops of both sides.