Econo Lodge Historic Area
442 Parkway Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 229-7564
Fax: (757) 229-0916
Arts & Museums
Once the capital of Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg has been restored into a living history museum so that visitors may see it as it was in the 1700s. For the better part of the 18th Century, the city was the center of most civilized life in the colony of Virginia. Today, visitors can watch glassblowers, blacksmiths and other artisans producing goods by authentic, tried-and-true colonial methods just as they did back then. Or perhaps participate in a re-enactment of a trial at the courthouse. The period homes, stores and other buildings are full of interesting things to do and see. There are even costume rentals and historic accommodations so you can fully immerse yourself in American history.
Rising to revolution, the Continental Army led by General Washington encamped at Yorktown. This re-creation is just a short distance from the original site of the battle that won the American Revolution in 1781. Re-enactors at Yorktown demonstrate musket drills, colonial cooking and grim war-time medical practices. At a model 18th-century farm, you can help weed the garden, spin flax into thread and watch costumed interpreters cook in a colonial kitchen adjacent to the farmhouse. In the galleries, children can play in 18th-century clothes and participate in activities like making woodblock rubbings. Artifacts, including those from an excavated British ship, complete this comprehensive view of military life during the American Revolution. Just one of the many sights that make up the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown).
This beautifully laid out museum hosts an extensive range of antiques and artifacts from colonial USA and the United Kingdom. Permanent exhibits include American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont, which showcases local furniture dating from the late seventeenth century. There are also some beautiful examples of silverware and ceramics; one notable feature is a sterling silver chandelier, made for King William III.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum honors the work of past and present art visionaries. Featuring a variety of ongoing and temporary exhibitions ranging from painting to the art of quilting, the museum offers a rich visual tapestry that epitomizes America's long and distinctive history of folk art. Admission is included in your ticket to Colonial Williamsburg
Located inside the College of William & Mary, the Muscarelle Museum of Art was created after locals realized what a wealth of art the university had accumulated over the years. The exhibitions held here are dramatic and thought-provoking to say the least, while the permanent exhibition is a class apart from the others you may have seen. Abstract Impressionist lovers will delight in this art haven that has preserved its treasures magnificently. Check website for details.
Visitors come here to check out the most bizarre artifacts that humankind has to offer. From shrunken heads to detailed replicas of odd-looking people, there's something to fascinate and freak out every museum-goer. Many of the displays are interactive, while others facilitate sound and video to keep things interesting. The 4-D Theater is a thrill ride that you won't soon forget. Check the website for more details.
Presidential Pets Museum houses a host of artefacts, personal materials and information of all the pets that American presidents have kept. From Eisenhower's dogs, George Washington's horse, Kennedy's cat to Teddy Roosevelt's snakes, visitors can find details about all these animals, and much more. Birds, pigs and lion cubs are also part of the extensive collection of White House pets. There are over 500 objects on display in this museum, which was founded in 1999.
A recreation of one of the earliest European settlements in the Americas, the Jamestown Settlement consists of replicas of boats, buildings, and villages. This museum features galleries and videos about life as it was then and it manages to make history engaging for both adults and kids. Climb aboard the three boats which are replicas of those used to sail from England. Explore the Powhatan village to learn about the Native Americans of the area, and see the colonists' fort. Best of all, actors replicate the every day lives of the colonists wearing period costumes, doing chores, and acting just like the colonists of the day. A truly fun way to learn about history!
Built in 1751 on the site of Algonquin Chief Powhatan's stronghold and estate, Rosewell was considered the best example of Georgian architecture in the country. Perhaps the most notable family member is Susannah Page, mother of President John Tyler. Thomas Jefferson was a frequent guest at Rosewell and is reported to have written an early draft of the Declaration of Independence here. Rosewell is about 90 minutes from Richmond. Take I-64 east to Route 33. Take 33 to Route 17.
As the Revolution was brewing, General Washington and his Continental Army camped at Yorktown. This re-creation is just a short distance from the original site of the battle that won the American Revolution in 1781. Reenactors at Yorktown demonstrate musket drills, colonial cooking and war-time medical practices. At a model 18th-century farm, you can help weed the garden, spin flax into thread and watch costumed chefs cook in a colonial kitchen adjacent to the farmhouse. In the galleries, children can play in 18th-century clothes and participate in activities like making woodblock rubbings. Artifacts, including those from an excavated British ship, complete this comprehensive view of military life during the American Revolution.
This museum opened in 1959, and has since been dedicated to teaching the public about the evolution of American army vehicles from the colonial era to the present day. Pictures and camcorders are permitted on your visit. Stop by the gift shop on your way out, all proceeds go to help fund the museum. Tours need to be booked at least two weeks in advance to ensure staff availability. Admission is free.
The Watermen's Museum pays tribute to people who make their living from the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding rivers. A very specific term, "watermen" is only allowed to be used in reference to the Thames River and the Chesapeake Bay. Best known in the past for their aiding of the French and the Americans during the Revolutionary War, watermen are often credited as a key part of the decisive victory that helped to win independence for the United States.