Nestled in a lovely area in between the York and James rivers in Virginia, you will be glad to discover Williamsburg – a place that has actively preserved the Colonial era of America’s history. Williamsburg forms part of the historic triangle that includes Jamestown and Yorktown, where millions of people travel each year to learn about the beginnings of a young America.
In Williamsburg, students will discover that history is fun. It is one thing to learn about America’s history from a textbook, and it is something completely different to see it come to life in front of your eyes! In Colonial Williamsburg, you can experience Colonial life first-hand in the living history museum, where actors dressed in period costumes show you what daily life was like in the streets, shops, and houses.
It was here that much of the activity that preceded the American Revolution occurred. You can feel the excitement in the streets as you gain a broader understanding of the reasons behind this all-important fight for freedom and independence from the British monarchy. Their victory was the beginning of the freedom that we hold so dear today.
“That the future may learn from the past” –history.org
If you want to get even more immersed in the history of Williamsburg, you can take an eerie yet historical night-time ghost tour. Participants frequently witness hauntings on the dark streets and cemeteries…what better way to imprint the details of the Revolutionary War onto your brain than to encounter someone…who was actually there!
Now onto some daytime fun. Busch Gardens could be the next thrill on your list (at least you can release the screams you stifled on the haunted ghost tour!). Take some wild rides on the theme park’s Loch Ness Monster and see why their website invites you to explore the “world’s most beautiful” theme park with its European themed villages and pavilions. Or, take an excursion to Virginia Beach and stroll the boardwalk!
As if that were not enough, there is much more to do in and around Williamsburg. Visit the Virginia Air & Space Center, the Naval station in Norfolk (the largest naval station in the world), the Mariner’s Museum, do some shopping at Macarthur Center and visit the Memorial, and even take a harbor cruise!
And lest we forget to mention…Williamsburg is home to the second oldest institution of higher learning in the country – The College of William & Mary, chartered in 1693.
This trip is sure to encourage interesting thoughts and conversations. What do we have in common today with the people who founded our country almost two hundred and fifty years ago? Have we upheld their values? What do you imagine the future of America to look like? Ponder these questions with your students as you explore all that is to be found on this enlivening tour. Book it today!