Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Williamsburg, users recommend paying a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, in the Colonial Williamsburg area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.



View replicas of the three ships and a fort occupied by the first settlers to arrive at Jamestowne in 1610. Historians, dressed in authentic period clothing, walk the grounds and are happy to answer your questions about life at the settlement....  Read More



Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Charles City landmark was a 300-plus-acre Tidewater plantation owned by the Southall family on land once occupied by the Chickahominy people. In fact, Piney Grove stands as one of the best...  Read More

Charles City County
Sherwood Forest Plantation


A working plantation and former home to the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, this site is still occupied by the Tyler family. The home is said to be the longest frame house in the US – 300 feet; part of that length includes the...  Read More

Charles City County


One of the best-preserved examples of Greek Revival houses in the area, this plantation originated as home to President William Henry Harrison's sister. Currently owned by the great, great grandson of the Ruffin family (owners of Evelynton...  Read More

Charles City County


Originally part of Berkeley Plantation and complete with its own broken-hearted ghost, Edgewood is a 7,000-square-foot Gothic Revival house that is now operated as a bed and breakfast. But tours can be arranged – the Victorian Tea Tour and the...  Read More

Charles City County
Belle Air Plantation


Although the house is open by appointment only to groups of 20 or more, it is worth calling to see if you can tag along with a tour. The large frame house, built in 1650, is a study in how life was lived in that time, and the architecture is...  Read More

Charles City County
Westover Plantation


Situated on the James River, Westover is touted as one of the finest examples in the country of Georgian architecture. The house was built in 1730 by William Byrd, the man who founded Richmond. The property also includes burial grounds that hold...  Read More



The easiest way to explore this college is to get a map (available on campus or at www.wm.edu) and start off on a self-directed tour. Wandering around the school is also an option – the students are not only bright (Phi Beta Kappa was founded...  Read More

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg


The best place to start with this outdoor museum is at the visitor center. A film and an orientation walk are informative and will save you time. There is so much to see here – buildings, gardens, taverns, trade shops and demonstrations –...  Read More