This home, which was built in the mid-1750s, belonged to George Wythe, who helped to lead the patriotic movement against England's rule and became Virginia's first signer of the Declaration of Independence. His home, which stands today as part of the Colonial Williamsburg living museum, has been restored to how it would have looked when George Wythe and his wife lived there. Aside from being the home of a famous patriot, the house also served as George Washington's headquarters when the British seized Yorktown. Thomas Jefferson also made a visit to the home in 1776, adding to the house's list of famous guests. Today, visitors can explore the beautiful brick building and perhaps even imagine that they are standing where George Washington once stood.
This beautifully laid out museum hosts an extensive range of antiques and artifacts from colonial USA and the United Kingdom. Permanent exhibits include American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont, which showcases local furniture dating from the late seventeenth century. There are also some beautiful examples of silverware and ceramics; one notable feature is a sterling silver chandelier, made for King William III.
The Governor's Palace was the home of Colony of Virginia's Royal Governors and later post-colonial governors Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. Built in the early 1700s, the main building was burned down in 1781 and was reconstructed in 1930. The reconstructed building was based upon the original architectural design as well as influenced by Jefferson's suggested renovations while he was a governor. Visitors can tour this elegant residence which was built to showcase the Crown's influence. After seeing the Palace, make sure you explore the gardens outside and see if you can navigate your way around the boxwood maze.
The Peyton Randolph House is noteworthy because it is both a prime example of colonial architecture, and a reminder of the history of slavery in Williamsburg. The house, which is located inside the Colonial Williamsburg living museum, was built in 1715 and has undergone several restorations. Visitors today will be able to see what the house looked like when in was owned by Peyton Randolph in the early 1700s. Randolph acted as the first President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, the event that eventually led the forming of the Unites States. Visitors to the house can wander through its beautiful halls while also learning about the slaves that lived in the outer houses, and what their lives were like. The house is sometimes opened up at night for special night tours, during which visitors search for the many ghosts that are said to haunt this big red estate.
Inspired by the 18th Century architectural history of Williamsburg, Merchants Square is a lovely blend of old charm and new flair. Beautiful colonial buildings house a variety of boutiques, shops and restaurants. If it's souvenirs you're looking for, head over to Everything Williamsburg, or if it's a new outfit you're after, try clothing boutiques located in the square. There are plenty of fabulous restaurants in the area too, with menus that range from seafood, to comfort food. The square also offers a variety of practical amenities and services, such as banks and ATMS, information centers and ticketing booths.
Located a stone's throw from Colonial Williamsburg, The Corner Pocket is a popular place among locals and visitors alike. This bar-restaurant-music venue hybrid serves up a variety of delicious foods, wines, beers and mixed drinks, and hosts some of the best blues and zydeco acts in town. Its got a casual and fun atmosphere with a slightly upscale flare, so its perfect for any occasion, from a first date to a night out with your pals. And after dinner be sure to stay and have some fun at the bar, the billiards room or on the dance floor. Call ahead for details and reservations.
At the Movie Tavern, you can do dinner and a movie in one convenient, comfortable space. The theater shows the latest blockbusters in theaters decked out with comfortable seats with tables. Arrive early so you can peruse the tasty menu full of items like nachos, sliders, tacos, salads and pizza. The handy in-theater ordering system means you don't even have to leave your seat for your concessions. And what's more, the Movie Tavern offers a full selection of wine and beer to enjoy during the show or in the bar.