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Once the capital of colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum, lending stirring insights into its heyday during the 1700s. The centerpiece of Williamsburg's historic district, this territory features winding thoroughfare dotted with charming edifices in evocative Colonial Revival architectural styles. For the better part of the 18th century, the city was the center of the most civilized life in the colony of Virginia. Having undergone a massive restoration, Colonial Williamsburg is today a heartwarming canvas of a culture which eventually made way for the democratic tenor of the country. Today, this antiquated region is permeated with the exuberance and cultural nitty-gritty that comes with glassblowers, blacksmiths, and artisans producing goods by authentic, tried-and-true colonial methods just as they did back then. The period homes, stores, and other buildings are full of interesting things to do and see. There are even costume rentals and historic accommodations which delve deeper into American history.
Redoubt Park was officially dedicated in 2007 to honor the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg, which occurred during the American Civil War. A redoubt is an earthwork fort meant to protect a certain area from an approaching army. Redoubt Park contains two redoubts, which visitors can explore. Visitors can also learn about the battle, which left nearly 4,000 people dead, and wander through the park's lush and wooded acres.
Established in 2000, The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a gorgeous botanical garden that is home to over 2000 trees and other flora. The property consists of more than 15 species of daffodils in the bulb garden, lilac and wildflowers like rattlesnake master and blanket flower. However, the most popular area in this green cover is the butterfly garden where visitors can marvel at hundreds of butterflies. Besides the scenic beauty of the landscape, Williamsburg Botanical Garden is also known for its sustainable gardening practices like its green roof pavilion. Visitors can not only enjoy the natural scenery, but they can also participate in educational tours.
The 3.5 mile (5.6 kilometers) Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail winds its way through lush forests, bird-filled wetlands, and industrious beaver dams. Along the way, walkers can read signs that discuss the native flora and fauna of Williamsburg, as well as the events in history that took place in the area. Furry friends are also welcome on the interpretive trail so the whole family can enjoy an afternoon in nature.