In 1781, George Washington came to Williamsburg as Commander-in-Chief of the American army. As a student at the College of William and Mary, Thomas Jefferson served as Governor of Virginia. Patrick Henry delivered his infamous line, “Give me liberty or give me death,” speech and was also Governor of Virginia.
On May 11 to May 13, 2007, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown celebrated the 400th Anniversary of America. Since all three cities in Virginia claimed they were the original birthplace of our great nation, it seemed only fair that all three celebrated this momentous occasion.
As visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, your family will become immersed in the rich heritage and historical significance of this city. You will explore the many sites and sounds associated with Yorktown, were the last battle of the revolution took place; discover how the Indians, Europeans, and African Americans came together to form the US; and truly understand the words and ideas that embedded three unique and distinct words in the Constitution of the United States – freedom, equality, and independence.
Your family will learn about the revolution that spawned a free republic under the leadership of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Visit the College of William and Mary, which was attended by Thomas Jefferson. In addition, you can take a local tour of the three cities: Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg where you will be transported back to the beginning of our country’s history and how the fight for freedom and equality led to where we are today.
Your kids will be enthralled by the Fifers and Drummers as they perform their unique skills. More importantly, your kids will learn that only boys were allowed to become part of this regiment. Today, however, both girls and boys are able to participate and continue the tradition of military music. Equality rules!
In Colonial Williamsburg, your family will learn about life as it was over 400 years ago. You will be able to meet people who lived during the revolution by participating in an interactive program. This program includes people of historic towns who dress in costume and re-enact life as it was then. You can visit the sites which have become treasure troves of historical and cultural data studied by history buffs and by those who wish to become American citizens.
In addition, there are some very special theme parks you can visit as well, including: Busch Gardens and Water County, where you can take park in the variety of water adventures available to your family.
Understanding the history of our country is as important as embarking on your family tree. Colonial Williamsburg offers a glimpse into the past, and is not only a fun place to visit, but offers a unique educational experience your family will never forget.