Updated: Jul 6
Colonial Virginia is a mecca of American history and culture…and Williamsburg provides an amazing, centralized location to explore this rich history. As a smaller community, and the original capital of the Colony and Commonwealth of Virginia from 1699-1780, Williamsburg offers a wealth of its own history and activities locally plus easy access to nearby historically rich sites such as Jamestown and Yorktown.
This area also imparts nods to modern technology and industrial advancements in more contemporary settings like the Chrysler Museum down the road in Norfolk and introductions to early technology of space exploration in the Air Power Park in Hampton.
Williamsburg Week at a Glance: April 23-30, 2022
Our itinerary kicks off with a local favorite event: the Pirates Invade Yorktown Market with pirate and colonial living history, hands-on activities, sea chanties and music, games, cannon firing demonstrations, rope making, vendors and local artisans, food, and so much more.
Pirates Invade the Market
Held directly on the Yorktown Riverfront where we’ll also explore the farmer’s market for local favorites and a wide variety of products.
The week will be filled with visits to colonial attractions: national parks, settlements, plantations, forts, maritime history, historic carousel, and opportunities to learn about the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, slaves, and freed Blacks who lived in these areas.
Most of our activities will be no- or low-cost, however a handful of the historic parks have larger entrance fees. Good news: we have secured homeschool rates where possible and provide information for combination tickets for multiple attractions. Families can choose which options are best for them.
Our final day brings us to the NATO Parade of Nations and NATO Festival International Village. Experience the oldest continuously held parade in the region with floats representing each of the NATO nations in addition to U.S. and international military and high school bands. Following the parade is an opportunity to explore Norfolk in a European Street fair atmosphere for a celebration, appreciation of local NATO headquarters, interaction with NATO representatives and a visit to their 30 Member Nation tents in the NATO village.
One last thing to note, our host will be staying at Anvil Campground which has quite the list of amenities, rustic cabins, and public transport access for those who wish to park their rig. We are certain there will be campfires, games and shenanigans. What an amazing week!
Sign up for our Williamsburg, Virginia event. Early bird rates valid until March 1, 2022. Regular rates apply afterward.