This is the time capsule of America’s colonial past, one of the first of its kind, which doubled as a hub of prosperity and a place to call home during the American Revolution. Here the glory days of the 2nd Amendment were taking part while militias fortified this important capital of commerce.
The Governor’s Palace is actually a replica of what original stood there in the 1700’s. There was a fire that burned it down, so academics and historians worked together to rebuild it as faithfully as possible. The Palace is a fun and educational trip that impresses as much as it tells the story of Williamburg’s royal governance.
Continuing off the theme of lavish trappings and historical pieces, the George Wythe House is filled with all original furniture and artwork. George Wythe is a sort of unsung hero of Virginia. His astute knowledge and grasp of government, military, and history was invaluable. In fact, he was a close confident of Thomas Jefferson and other important early American leaders, including congress itself. He went on to be a signee of the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.
This is where all the blood, sweat, and tears of early colonial Williamsburg occurred inside its walls. There was such a dense collection of skilled labor and artistic flair, even without the help of modern technology, they were able to produce pieces that are often unmatched even to this day. Stop by the various major craft workshops, like the Tannery, Blacksmith, Goldsmith, or Gunsmith shops.
Considered the little brother of Florida’s Busch Garden’s location, Virginia brings all the great animals and rollercoaster rides for tourists to get lost in a world of African-inspired safari adventures. Busch Gardens has a little bit of everything: the zoo, children’s learning and playground areas, live entertainment and music, as well as plenty of rollercoasters, including the infamous Loch Ness Monster and Alpengeist rides. The layout is a little different than its Florida counterpart, but the excitement and quality is just as high.