Historic Triangle attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

The restored capital of England’s largest colony in the New World is a must-see attraction for visitors of all ages. This is not some phony, fenced-in theme park: Colonial Williamsburg is a living, breathing, workin…
Top Choice Historic Site in Jamestown

Historic Jamestowne

Run by the NPS, this fascinating place is the original Jamestown site, established in 1607 and home of the first permanent English settlement in North America. The settlement's ruins were rediscovered in 1994; visit…
Top Choice Museum in Williamsburg

Art Museums

Entered through Colonial Williamsburg's former public hospital, this complex is home to two equally splendid museums: the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. The d…
Top Choice Historic Site in Historic Triangle

Berkeley Plantation

Dating from 1726, this plantation on the James River was the birthplace and home of Benjamin Harrison V, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, and of his son William Henry Harrison, the 9th US president. I…
Museum in Yorktown

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Formerly the Yorktown Victory Center, this new and expanded exhibition space and living history museum vividly describes the build-up to the Revolutionary War, the war itself and daily life on the home front. The th…
Historic Site in Yorktown

Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield, run by the NPS, is the site of the last major battle of the American Revolution. Start your tour at the visitor center and check out the orientation film and the display of Washington's origina…
Historic Site in Historic Triangle

Shirley Plantation

Built on the banks of the James River, this is Virginia's oldest plantation (1613). It retains an original row of brick service and trade houses – tool barn, ice house, laundry etc – leading up to the big house, whi…
Historic Site in Jamestown

Jamestown Settlement

Popular with kids, the state-run Jamestown Settlement reconstructs the 1607 James Fort; a Native American village; and full-scale replicas of the first ships that brought the settlers to Jamestown, along with living…
Historic Building in Williamsburg

College of William & Mary

Chartered in 1693, the College of William & Mary is the second-oldest college in the country and retains the oldest academic building in continued use in the USA, the Sir Christopher Wren Building. The school's …
Historic Site in Historic Triangle

Sherwood Forest

The longest frame house in the country, this was the home of 10th US president John Tyler. Full tours are available by appointment only ($35 per person), though the grounds are open to self-guided tours.