Colonial Williamsburg Walking Tour – A Winter Visit

Williamsburg Walking Tour Guide:

History and hospitality spill from the taverns and shops of this reconstructed 18th-century village… it is best enjoyed simply by strolling down Duke of Gloucester Street.

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Williamsburg Walking Tour; Colonial Williamsburg is a reconstructed 18th-century village in the heart of Virginia’s Historical Triangle. December is a particularly wonderful time to visit, with period decorations adorning every lintel and candles glowing from windows. Taverns invite guests in to enjoy 18th-century fare, seasoned with songs and games. Shops are bursting with reproduction goods, some of which are made right in the historical area. A stroll down the pedestrian Duke of Gloucester Street will send you back to colonial times, evoked through the sound of horses’ hooves, the smell of woodsmoke, and insightful stories. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Williamsburg Walking Tour Highlights

  • Introduction
  • The East End
  • Midtown
  • Market Square & the Magazine
  • Bruton Parish Church & the Restoration
  • The Governor’s Palace
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty Historical/Heritage, City/Town
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • If you're feeling peckish while wandering around, try the Raleigh Tavern for a quick cookie and a bottle of ginger ale. Otherwise, Chowning's Tavern offers lunch fare, but if you're not craving 18th-century food, continue up Duke of Gloucester Street and try the modern restaurants in Merchant's Square.
  • If you're interested in taking a carriage ride, tickets can be bought at Greenhow's Lumber Store. Just be sure to get there early in the day to ensure you get the vehicle you want!
  • Every Saturday in the summer, the Merchant's Square hosts a farmer's market. There are fresh, organic vegetables, along with handmade soaps, fresh fish, baked goods, flowers, and cheeses. In December, the farmer's market returns, this time with holiday decorations made out of fresh greens and fruits.
  • Children always enjoy visiting the sheep, oxen, and horses. Ask any of the interpreters where the animals are being pastured that day, since they are moved around to prevent overgrazing.
  • The gardens behind the Palace are a ticketed site, but other gardens are just as beautiful. And free! Be sure to visit the garden next to the Custis tenement, across from Bruton Parish, or the garden shop. Wander behind the houses and shops on Duke of Gloucester for the real hidden treats.

Nicole Lemery

Nicole M. Lemery holds a master's degree in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, London. When not living in the past, she enjoys traveling and pursuing her career as a playwright. She works at Colonial Williamsburg as a tailor and historical interpreter.


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