Virginia Historic Triangle: what to see in Williamsburg (Part 1)

Thanks to our dear American friend, born and living in Virginia, we have discovered this state rich in history and pleasant natural settings. The first settlements from the old continent date back to 1607 when groups of immigrants landed from the ships of the British company Virginia Company of London. The territory became the first permanent colony in the United Kingdom in the New World and for this reason it was named the nickname of Old Dominion (old domination); then became one of the 13 colonies of the British empire and later became one of the states that formed the first nucleus of the United States following the American Revolution culminating in independence on July 4, 1776. 

Hypotheses of Virginia

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Virginia is the northernmost of the defined states of the southeast and is located between Washington D.C. and North Carolina; during the American Civil War, some Northwest counties broke out forming the present state of West Virginia. Various are the assumptions about the colonial parkway and the attribution of the name Virginia: it could be derived from that of an Indian head named Wingina, or it could originate from Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) nicknamed the “virgin queen” children, or from both hypotheses.

Eight American presidents were born here and in this, Virginia won the primacy of the 50 states and was called the mother of presidents. Of particular note are George Washington and Thomas Jefferson whose dwellings, Monticello and Mount Vernon, are very popular destinations. Virginia is a land rich in testimonies of the past, and our journey brings us to three communities of great historical importance bordering the York and James rivers in the Virginia Peninsula geographic area, about an hour from Richmond Capital. Virginia is also a land rich in many activities: parks, galleries, casinos, clubs and pubs. You can find absolutely fantastic promotions playing videoslots at casinos and awesome deals for entrance and drinks in the local pubs and clubs. 

Colonial Parkway links the communities of the Virginia Historic Triangle, Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown: it is a 37km long scenic road, surrounded by greenery, topped by brick bridges. 

Business center and diplomacy 

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Williamsburg is the largest and most populated town. Its foundation dates back to 1632 when the land between the James and York rivers was colonized by the British and began to build a fortress. Over the years it became important and developed as a business center and diplomacy. From 1699 to 1780 was the capital of the colony of Virginia. It was also the center of political events that led to the American Revolution (1765-1783). The absence of the railroad and the distance from canals and rivers used also as maritime transport led to transferring the capital to Richmond. 

The ancient role of Williamsburg has been preserved over time and continues to be accessible to everyone in Colonial Williamsburg where, in an area of ​​122 hectares, the colonial city of the 18th century can be fully appreciated. Everything is rigorously themed and the figurines wear dresses of the time. On foot or on board a horse-drawn carriage, the sensation is to be immersed in the atmosphere of other times, in a large historical museum of living. 

Market Square is the square with its activities, military exhibitions and readings of proclamations. Along the main street, Duke of Gloucester Street, there are many colonial buildings, restored or reproduced. Palace Green is the long green expanse leading to the most famous and imposing building, the Governor’s Palace, the Governor’s home.