Virginia is so filled with history that it’s hard to drive any distance without crossing a historical plaque where a significant battle or event took place that shaped our local and nation’s history. It’s easy to forget how much there is to see in our own back yard, or just a short drive down the road. We’re the tourist destination for many families, couples, and individuals from across the nation and around the globe. Author Lisa Oliver Monroe takes you on a tour of Virginia in her book, Williamsburg: With Jamestown and Yorktown, America’s Historic Triangle.
In this well-organized travel guide, Williamsburg gives the reader a great perspective on the many sites to see and places to go in the Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Virginia (“Historic Triangle”) area. Included are the well-known historical places as well as must-see entertainment, shopping, and restaurants for all pallets.
Ms. Monroe gives a brief history lesson on the historical significance of the Jamestown settlement and the surrounding area. Williamsburg provides a living history museum, with refurbished and reconstructed homes and shops to transport the visitor to colonial days, including the Governor’s Palace, home to Virginia’s first families when Williamsburg was Virginia’s capital.
The Battle at Yorktown was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Visit the Yorktown Battlefield, where Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington, and the Victory Center American Revolutionary museum.
You will also find modern attractions, such as Busch Gardens amusement park, and the area is a bargain shopper’s paradise including the Williamsburg Pottery and outlet malls. Even if you’re not a history buff, there’s something to attract people of all ages.
For visitors, Lisa provides an enlightening overview of how to get here by car, plane or train, as well as what to bring and wear. The Historic Triangle can be done as a day trip for Virginia residents, and is within a weekend drive of most of the east coast. For families with school-aged children, you can combine education and entertainment in the same trip. It’s not only a must-see place you want to visit, but one you’ll want to return to again and again.
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