Colonial Williamsburg, with its 'Revolutionary City', is a restored and recreated colonial-era village in the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. The visitor center features a film and exhibits, and you can walk or take the shuttle bus to the Revolutionary City. Among the must-sees in the Revolutionary City are the recreated Governors Palace that was home of the royal governors of Virginia during colonial times. Costumed interpreters provide guided tours and demonstrations of the regal palace and its grounds.

Another must-see is the ca. 1752 Wythe House owned by Virginia's first signer of the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson's law professor, George Wythe. The house, grounds and gardens are open for tours and feature costumed interpreters. The ca. 1771 Courthouse, with its cupola, weather vane, and arched windows - not to mention stocks, whipping post and pillory - is another must-see, and a costumed interpreter is there to tell you all about it and answer your questions. The recreated Capitol building features a guided tour that reveals the history of the building and the events that took place there before the capital was moved to Richmond in 1779.

Allow plenty of time to visit Colonial Williamsburg as there is lots to see and do here among the museums, exhibits, programs, tours and special events. Colonial Williamsburg serves as 'Philadelphia' in Season 2 of the AMC series TURN. Fans can spot the Wythe House serving as Major Andre's residence and the Governors Palace serving as the Shippens' home. The Courthouse and many of the other buildings in the Revolutionary City can also be spotted.

The 'Ancient Campus' of The College of William and Mary is located across Duke of Gloucester Street on the other side of Merchant's Square where are lots of shops and restaurants including The College of William and Mary Bookstore and Cafe as well as apparel, home furnishings, gift and specialty shops, and numerous restaurants and eateries of all types and price ranges.

Pictured at the top: The reconstructed ca. 1710 Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg was the home of the Royal Governor of the Virginia colony. The main house burned down in 1781, although some of the outbuildings are original.

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The original ca. 1752 Wythe House was the home of Thomas Jefferson's law professor, George Wythe. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, Wythe hosted Rochambeau during his march to Yorktown .

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The reconstructed ca. 1753 Capitol Building served the General Assembly until the capitol was moved to Richmond in 1779.