Explore 400 years of Virginia’s history and horticultural beauty as you visit homes and gardens during Historic Garden Week, America's oldest and largest statewide house and garden event.
Gain a detailed understanding of the 1861-62 Civil War campaigns of the Virginia Peninsula, discovering how these oft-overlooked events tremendously impacted the politics, strategies and length of the war.
Embark on a scholarly journey through Virginia's "Historic Triangle" of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Learn about the development of plantation society, slavery, the role of religion, and events leading to the Siege of Yorktown.
Study historical and cultural themes of life in 18th century Williamsburg, a cosmopolitan, English community on the edge of the New World. From social to religious practices of early Virginians, examine Williamsburg through restored historic buildings and historical interpretation. Field trips include historic Jamestown, Virginia’s first capital, and Colonial Williamsburg.
Williamsburg in autumn is a delight for the senses. Examine life "to the manor born" of magnificent Tidewater plantations that flourished along the James River. Enjoy field trips to two historic Virginia plantations; into Colonial Williamsburg, where our American past is lovingly preserved and restored; a meal at a Colonial Williamsburg tavern; and free time to explore on your own.
Just outside Williamsburg, many historic plantations and mansions grace the Virginia countryside. These architecturally fascinating structures that were seats of power and wealth for three centuries await your discovery. From magnificent Georgian manors on the James River to a modest streamside farmhouse, explore the world of the landed gentry whose complex lifestyles mirrored aristocratic English society.
Learn how to further your genealogical research into the lives of your 17th- and 18th-century ancestors using Virginia land, church, civil, tax and business records.