Monday, January 29, 2024

A Historic Journey: Exploring the Charm of Williamsburg

The last post ended with us visiting some cute coastal towns along the Atlantic Ocean in the Mid Atlantic USA. This post continues with our drive. After a sleepover in Chincoteague and Virginia Beach we headed inland into Virginia, where more cute little towns waited for us. The best one was Williamsburg and I decided to dedicate this part mostly to that town, though I will be sharing some additional places as well. Come along as we explore the Mid Atlantic USA!

This post is part of a multi-part travel series from our Mid-Atlantic USA Road trip
For the other parts click here

Places In-between

After a stay in Chincoteague (where almost all establishments close for the off-season), we headed down south for the last stretch of drive along the Atlantic Ocean. The drive was peaceful as we crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel. The drive through the combining bridge and tunnel takes almost 30 minutes. It's probably the longest bridge I have driven over yet and the tunnels give space to ships passing into the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Beach

Our stay in Virginia Beach offered a unique experience as we found ourselves there on a cold day during the off-season. The normally bustling beach town wore a quiet charm as we strolled along the boardwalk. However, the off-season came with its own set of challenges – many establishments, including the iconic pier, were closed, and the lively beachfront that Virginia Beach is renowned for was transformed into a serene, desolate landscape. Despite the limited activities, the deserted beaches and the sound of crashing waves created a peaceful ambiance, allowing us to appreciate the raw beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. While our visit didn't encompass the typical vibrant scene of Virginia Beach, the tranquility of the off-season offered a unique perspective, turning our stay into a quiet retreat by the seaside.

The Drive from Virginia Beach

Leaving the coastal beauty of Virginia Beach behind, our journey to Williamsburg took us through scenic landscapes and quaint countryside. The drive itself was a delight, with stretches of open road and occasional glimpses of historical landmarks along the way. As soon as we drove off the highway the scenery changed and amazing forests surrounded us. 

Morning Coffee in Williamsburg

Upon reaching Williamsburg, we kicked off our day with a stop at a local coffee shop. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee filled the air as we sipped our drinks and planned our itinerary for the day. The charming streets of Williamsburg unfolded before us, inviting us to delve into its storied past.

Exploring the Town

Williamsburg, often referred to as the "Colonial Capital," is a living history museum where visitors can step back in time to the 18th century. The town's restoration to its colonial-era appearance allows visitors to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of a bygone era. Cobblestone streets, brick buildings, and costumed interpreters recreate the ambiance of colonial life. There are people on the streets dressed up in old timey clothes, acting out the parts. It's all very amusing!

Historical Significance

Williamsburg played a crucial role in American history, serving as the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780. Some of the most significant houses and landmarks include the Governor's Palace, the Capitol Building, and the Bruton Parish Church. The Governor's Palace, with its grand architecture and lush gardens, was once the residence of Virginia's royal governors. The Capitol Building witnessed pivotal moments in the struggle for independence.

Fun Facts About Williamsburg

  1. Duke of Gloucester Street: The main thoroughfare in Williamsburg, Duke of Gloucester Street, is often referred to as DOG Street by locals.
  2. Haunting Tales: Williamsburg is known for its ghostly encounters and is considered one of the most haunted places in the United States.
  3. Thomas Jefferson's Influence: Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, studied law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg.

Moving on...

Our day in Williamsburg was a captivating journey through time, where each cobblestone and historical building spoke volumes about America's colonial past. The town's dedication to preserving its heritage made our visit truly unforgettable, leaving us with a deeper appreciation for the history that shaped the nation. We marched on towards Washington DC, but more on that in the next post.

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  1. Now this is one place I have visited for 1 day when our hospital ship was in dock there and what I saw of it was wonderful as is your photographs. Thanks for hosting and commenting and I hope you have a marvellous week ahead

  2. It must have been a marvelous trip for you both. As usual, a fabulous post.

  3. You really showcased the region so well through your lens.

  4. Great post and photos from Williamsburg. It is a beautiful and historical city to visit.
    Take care, have a great day and a happy new week!

  5. Your Williamsburg photos are great. You visited at a good time of year without the huge crowds of summer. Thank you for maintaining this site.

  6. I have fond memories of visiting Williamsburg a few times in my life.

  7. Looks like you got some nice fine Winter days there, I've heard and read that there is alot of history there.

  8. It's so charming. I never think of America like this...but I guess a lot of it is once you explore further than the main tourist hubs!

  9. I always love a wander through places with a colonial past! Thank you for my virtual visit today!

  10. Amazing series of photos, Thanks a lot for the beautiful post.

  11. so interesting to see the way people live in the US Enjoy your travels, stay safe and thankyou again for the linkup.

  12. Williamsburg is such a historic place. Beautiful photos.


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