Colonial Williamsburg (CW), the “world’s largest outdoor museum”, is located in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia. While Williamsburg itself is a small town, Colonial Williamsburg refers to the restored colonial town which is staffed with historical reenactors and tradespeople. During our family visit in the fall of 2020, I felt unprepared and didn’t really know what to expect despite searching several times online for visitor information. I hope you don't feel the same way after all the first-hand information and learn how to continue the learning at home with my recommended book lists.
Despite what you think you know about this Father of America, you will meet the man here at the home he loved and worked on for decades. On the top of his "little mountain", his home is surrounded by his extensive gardens including the specimens brought back to him by Lewis and Clark on their cross-country trip. Learn about his personal life including his controversial treatment of his slaves by touring their living quarters underneath his house. This site was truly the highlight of our Virginia trip and made Jefferson come to life for our family. Here's everything you need to know to make your trip equally amazing.