“The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself”. —Leon Trotsky
Some days we pinch ourselves because it feels like a dream that we’ve had the opportunity to travel, explore, and even “live” in some amazing places. None more amazing than Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestown and Yorktown.
Here’s some info you might not know about Williamsburg: Williamsburg Info
- It’s the world’s largest living history museum – a restored 18th century British outpost in the New World.
- Williamsburg was the original capital of Virginia. This city was the capital of the state from 1699 to 1780.
- The Colonial Williamsburg museum opened in 1932. Williamsburg was the chosen location for the historical museum because it had a less developed downtown area than Boston, Philadelphia, or other historic cities.
- Over 80 of the original structures were preserved in the development of Colonial Williamsburg.
- Colonial Williamsburg spans 301 acres. The area is filled with guided tours, live interactions, gardens, restaurants and the Busch Gardens theme park.
- Some of the rustic restaurants provide colonial recipes such as Carolina Fish Muddle, Shepherd’s Pie, and Peanut Soup.
- The Peyton Randolph house (built in 1715) is considered to be one of the most haunted houses in America.
- William & Mary, the nation’s second oldest college, is located in Williamsburg. Its Wren Building is actually the oldest university building in the United States.
- The first hospital for mentally ill patients in North America, The Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds, was located in Williamsburg. It admitted its first patient in 1773. The hospital is now the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
So much history yet so many other things to enjoy in all of Williamsburg, VA.
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA parks are so much fun! Christmastime in Williamsburg is simply magical and one of the BEST Tapas restaurants ever, La Tienda. Highly recommend!