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Williamsburg, Virginia, the 18th-century colonial capital of Virginia, is one of the most historic cities in the country. When you stay at King’s Creek, you’re right next door to Colonial Williamsburg, a 300-acre American living-history museum. Summer is one of the best seasons to see, do, and discover at this incredible living-history experience. Here’s what’s included in your ticket to Colonial Williamsburg, history is brought to life before your eyes. Let’s do summertime in Colonial Williamsburg!
The Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg are open all year long, but summertime features summer-themed exhibits that give you a peek into the past. View incredible collections of summer-inspired artifacts and learn what life was like for the earliest Americans. Right now, you can visit a special exhibition called “I Made This…”: The Work of Black American Artists and Artisans. This exhibition celebrates the lives and works of Black American artisans and artists from the eighteenth through the twentieth-centuries.
A central part of any culture’s history is the “story” part—and Colonial Williamsburg beautifully presents the stories of the diverse peoples who lived in, worked in, and visited 18th-century Williamsburg. Also addressed are the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural forces that shaped their lives, giving you a complete picture of what life was really like in America’s earliest days. Actor-interpreters draw from their extensive research on various individuals (both well-known and overlooked) to bring their stories to life before your eyes.
Williamsburg is, after all, the original site of one of America’s historic cities. Besides its artifacts, Colonial Williamsburg is home to 89 original and reconstructed sites that let you explore, interact, and learn about daily life in Virginia’s colonial capital city both before and during the American Revolution. Sure, you could read a book about the Governor’s Palace and the Capitol, but why not see them in person?
When the sun goes down, don’t miss an opportunity to go on a candlelit walking tour of the Revolutionary City. As you can imagine, all of those stories you hear by day have some seriously supernatural counterparts. From authentic 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters, costumed storytellers share unnerving tales on this Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour!
What we love most about Colonial Williamsburg is how its programming shines a light on everyone who was impacted by the arrival of English settlers—including Native tribes like the Pamunkey, Mattoponi, and Chickahominy. The truth is indisputable: Our nation was born at the expense of preexisting cultures. Colonial Williamsburg gracefully confronts the truth so that visitors get a realistic picture of the complex social, political, and cultural events that our country was built on.
No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll always be able to walk away with a new appreciation for American history, but it’s a tourist favorite when it’s summertime in Colonial Williamsburg.