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Tour Colonial Williamsburg
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Overview

From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political, social, and cultural capital of Britain's biggest colony in North America. Here, many of America's early founding fathers debated the ideas of liberty, independence and freedom. Its residents included such notables as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and other Virginia patriots.

In 1780, the state capital moved to Richmond and Williamsburg reverted back to a quiet college town. In the early Dr W.A.R. Goodwin and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller led a major project to preserve many of the historical structures in town.

Today this popular tourism destination is host to a large living history park, major theme park, premier shopping, resort accomodations, and top quality golf courses.

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This special offer will save you more than $200 off the standard retail rate to stay at this scenic Central Virginia resort destination. Equestrian Center, nature trails, many historic sites, fine dining and much more adventure awaits. Many exciting outdoor experiences to choose from.


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Colonial Williamsburg National Historic Park

Extensive research has worked to preserve an area over a mile long and about a half-mile wide with some 88 historic buildings restored to their 18th century (or early 19th century) appearence. This project includes many colonial homes, shops, taverns and gardens along the main thoroughfare of the city, Duke of Gloucester Street which bustle with entertaining activity.

Interpreters in period attire supplement the historical setting here. Daily events include parades by the Fife and Drum Corps (April-Oct) and military drills at Market Square Garden.

Visitors are invited to rent period costumes and to board a horse-drawn carriage for a guided tour of the town. Williamsburg is also noted for its premier gardens - over 90 acres of 18th-century decorative landscaping designs.

An important part of the experience is to sample colonial cuisine at one of the many taverns and restaurants in town.

Purchase of the park's Colonial Pass or Patriot's Pass will provide admission to most attractions and exhibits.

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College of William and Mary

State university located at the west of end of Duke of Gloucester St, the College of William and Mary is the second oldest U.S. College (preceded only by Harvard). It was chartered in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. Three U.S. Presidents rank amoungst its alumni, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.

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