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Williamsburg in October

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Written by Marshall Cossman.

October can be a wonderful time to go sightseeing.

We went to Williamsburg this past October. The weather was perfect and the crowds lighter than they would have been during school breaks or summer. It had been at least 35 years since we’d last been there. Of course we didn’t expect anything to change, after all, Historic Colonial Williamsburg was restored to be in the 18th century. The funding for the restoration was through the Rockefeller Foundation. What did change was the marvelous hotel we stayed in, the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites. It was pretty new, clean and bright. A continental breakfast was included in the stay.

 The hotel is about 100 yards from the Information Center, which is also pretty new. That was where we got our passes to Colonial Williamsburg. You can also make dinner reservations (recommended) there. Everything flowed easily. Also in the Center is a very extensive bookstore which is devoted to Colonial Williamsburg, the people who helped, or led the establishment of our country, colonial cookbooks, details of the restorations, etc. There is also an artifact display and short introductory film.

At the Center there is frequent shuttle service into Colonial Williamsburg making several stops around the perimeter of the town. There are also shuttles from there going to Yorktown and Jamestown. Since the Information Center is near Colonial Williamsburg it is possible to walk there in about 15-20 minutes.

We attended a colonial trial in the Courthouse, dined in the several truly good restaurants that serve colonial food served by wait staff in colonial dress. We made those dinner reservations before we left on the trip by calling Colonial Williamsburg.

We strolled through William and Mary College with its original buildings. This is where Thomas Jefferson and others attended college.

On our last day we took the shuttle to Jamestown where we spent the morning. Anyone who is fascinated with our early, colonial history, architecture from the 18th century, our founding fathers and the lifestyle of that period of history will not be disappointed. There are many, many buildings that are open for tours. the guides are attired in period dress and speak as people spoke in those early days.

This is not another Disneyland and is a great educational experience.