Going on Faith

OCT-NOV 2016

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going on faith [ october | november 2016 ] T here's a reason that groups headed to Washington, D.C., often stop for a day or two in Williamsburg, Virginia, first: This midsize town is home to the country's most beloved living- history attractions. Colonial Williamsburg, the historic interpreta- tion area spread out on more than 301 acres in the center of the town, is recognized nearly univer- sally as the best immersive history site in the country. From the furnishing and art in its hun- dreds of original and re-created structures to its costumes, period-correct restaurants and world- class interpreters, Colonial Williamsburg sets a standard in authenticity and inspiration that few other historical entities can approach. Colonial Williamsburg began in the 1920s, when local leaders decided to start preserving historic buildings along Duke of Gloucester Street. Many of SNAPSHOT T R A V E L WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA by B R I A N J E W E L L A COLONIAL CAPITAL those structures had been constructed during the period when Williamsburg served as Virginia's Colonial capital. Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. funded the project, which preserved and restored approximately 85 percent of the 18th- century town's original footprint. Today, visitors to the site will find 88 original historic buildings, as well as 500 more buildings that have been reconstructed based on extensive historical records and archaeological findings. Groups can tour a reconstructed Colonial capitol, as well as numerous original homes, businesses, churches and other buildings that would have been central to town life in the Colonial period. As they make their way through the town, visitors interact with interpreters playing the roles of both everyday townspeople and notable historical fig- ures, who serve to bring the Colonial experience to life in vivid detail. In addition to exploring the town in guided tours or on their own, groups can take part in numerous special programs at Colonial Williamsburg. Perhaps the best is "Revolutionary City," a theatrical pro- gram that plays out in the streets and shows the events that took place in Williamsburg during the Revolutionary period and illustrates the impact they had on the lives of citizens at that time. For extended experiences, groups can arrange to have dinners in one of several period restaurants in the village, as well as other modern venues that surround it. The organization also has numerous hotels, which range from economy lodges to the historic and luxurious Williamsburg Inn. And though the historic area is Williamsburg's main attraction, visitors can enjoy a variety of other activities during their time in the area. All photos courtesy Visit Williamsburg Visitors learn about historic navigation at re-created ships at Jamestown Settlement, part of the Historic Triangle around Williamsburg. Williamsburg Winter Grand Illumination in Colonial Williamsburg A Colonial carriage

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