Virginia History Comes Alive!
Virginia history is the heart and soul of American history, which makes our State the perfect getaway for history buffs!
Want some quick ideas on where to go? We've got them.
America got its start in Jamestown, so why not start there? At the Jamestown Settlement
, you can trace the settlement's beginnings from England, see gallery exhibits and films about the cultures of Powhatan Indians, Africans, and Europeans of the 17th century.
You can also climb aboard the re-creations of the ships that brought the colonists to America. You can also see a re-created fort. Costumed historical interpreters will demonstrate as well as describe the daily life of 17th century settlers.
Head to Yorktown for More Virginia History
At the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown
, hear the story of the men and women who helped to found our nation.
From the colonial period to the writing of the Constitution and more, you'll see period artifacts, interactive exhibits, as well as films that offer 180-degree surround sound screen and special effects.
You can also watch artillery demonstrations, drill with wooden muskets and explore farm life of the 18th century.
Visitors can also see the life of Revolutionary War soldiers in a re-created Continental Army camp. Historical interpreters both describe and depict life for Revolutionary War soldiers.
You're encouraged to explore the tents of soldiers, and even try on a military coat!
During the Spring to Fall seasons, visitors may be recruited to join the artillery crew to learn the military steps to preparing a battalion gun. Or for preparing mortar for firing.
There's plenty to do and see!
Where to Stay While Visiting Historical Virginia
To make your historical visit complete, we recommend you stay at the Marl Inn Bed & Breakfast.
A private home in Yorktown, it has a colonial style inn with a boutique feel.
Located just off the Colonial Parkway, Marl Inn is minutes from the restored Yorktown Main Street. And its just two blocks from the Yorktown River Beach.
With plenty of dining options, shopping, as well as parks and bike trails, this is an area of Virginia you won't soon forget!
If you want to stay in Williamsburg, which is another excellent choice, we recommend Cedars of Williamsburg LLC
, Newport House B & B
, and Magnolia House Inn
From the Williamsburg area, it's about 30 minutes to Jamestown. A fun day trip awaits!