From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the capital of England's oldest, largest, richest and most populous mainland North American colony and the seat of power in the new nation's most influential state. Named in honor of William III, king of England, and designed by Royal Gov. Francis Nicholson, Williamsburg is one of the country's oldest planned communities.
Encompassing 301 acres, Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area re-creates 18th-century Williamsburg as it appeared preceding and during the American Revolution. Throughout the city, sights, sounds, and activities help guests reconnect with America's past and become active participants in 18th-century life. The Historic Area is protected from modern intrusions by a 2,800-acre greenbelt.
Williamsburg's mild climate enables visitors to participate in outdoor activities year-round. The mean annual temperature is 60 ° F (15 ° C), with an average annual snowfall of 6 inches and an average annual rainfall of 47 inches. The wettest seasons are the spring and summer, although rainfall is fairly consistent year-round. The highest recorded temperature was 104 ° F (40 ° C) on June 26, 1952, and August 22, 1983. The lowest recorded temperature was -7 ° F (-21.6 ° C) on January 21, 1985.
The Historic Triangle Shuttle provides transportation from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to nearby Jamestown and Yorktown.
No cars are allowed in the Historic Area. Sites within the area are easily walkable.
Colonial Williamsburg is living history. A fully operational 18th century village with artisans working in their shops. The historic village entry fee varies and begins at $ 36 for a one-day pass for adults. Enjoy a step back in time and see how a colonial village would have worked. Participate in a court proceeding, churn butter, and see how meals were prepared before. Visit the official website for Colonial Willamsburg  for more information.