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Established in 1674, the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church is both architecturally beautiful and the site of several notable historic events. Around the time of the American Revolution the church had several famous attendees, including George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson. In 1862, the church was even used as a Confederate hospital after the Battle of Williamsburg. The church is still active and has regular services, but it does encourage visitors to tour the building to discovery its rich history. Make sure you see the churchyard which may be the largest colonial church graveyard in the state.
Rising to revolution, the Continental Army led by General Washington encamped at Yorktown. This re-creation is just a short distance from the original site of the battle that won the American Revolution in 1781. Re-enactors at Yorktown demonstrate musket drills, colonial cooking and grim war-time medical practices. At a model 18th-century farm, you can help weed the garden, spin flax into thread and watch costumed interpreters cook in a colonial kitchen adjacent to the farmhouse. In the galleries, children can play in 18th-century clothes and participate in activities like making woodblock rubbings. Artifacts, including those from an excavated British ship, complete this comprehensive view of military life during the American Revolution. Just one of the many sights that make up the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown).
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.
Centrally located on campus of the College of William and Mary. The Zable Stadium is one of the college's major sports facilities. The William and Mary Tribe football team train and play their home games here. The University also uses the stadium for its track and field events. This stadium was built in honor of Walter J. Zable, a former university board member, and was opened in 1935 with a capacity of 12,259 seats. The Cary Field is located close by.
Constructed in 1771, the Colonial Williamsburg Courthouse is a historic courthouse built in the Georgian-style. Made of red bricks and featuring arched windows, a projected portico and dentil moldings, the courthouse has a one-of-kind style of Georgian architecture. Initially, the courthouse comprised of two distinct court systems, one for the county cases and the other for the city’s. It also served as a hospital after the Battle of Williamsburg. It is also the site where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Benjamin Waller when it first arrived in Virginia. If you want a glimpse of history, a visit to this landmark courthouse can be a great idea.
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.