Colonial Williamsburg Self Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

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Turn back the clock at Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the country! Here, you’ll explore a beautifully restored 18th-century town complete with reenactors who bring the experience to life. This tour dives into Williamsburg’s rich history, from its founding to the revolutionary war and the ambitious restoration efforts of the 1900s. As you explore, you’ll also be prompted with trivia questions to test your knowledge of colonial history! Explore, experience, and learn all at once! Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Visitor Center, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. No expiration — the tour is available from the minute you book until forever! This is not a ticket to attractions along the route. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: 17 Mile Day Trips

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The tour of this beautifully preserved slice of Colonial America begins at the Visitor Center, where you can get your first taste of the nation's largest living museum.

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Your first stop is at the doorstep of the Peyton Randolph House, the former home of a fiery revolutionary and one of the oldest buildings in Williamsburg! You might not have heard of William Randolph, but he was a trusted ally of folks like Thomas Jefferson

Duration: 15 minutes

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Keep your ears open at our next stop for the iconic fife and drum parade which marches through the town regularly. Here, you'll also learn about the military significance of these old-timey instruments.

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Next is the unassuming little Secretary's Office, where all the documents needed to reconstruct Williamsburg's colonial days were stored.

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After that, you'll arrive at the Raleigh Tavern, where rebellious Virginians met to plot a possible revolution against their British rulers. These meetings even welcomed famous names like Thomas Jefferson!

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Then you'll come to the Colonial Williamsburg Magazine, the site of a tense standoff between American patriots and British soldiers trying to steal all the gunpowder from the town before it could fall into rebel hands.

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Directly opposite the Magazine, you'll find the old courthouse, where residents of Williamsburg heard the Declaration of Independence read aloud for the very first time.

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Up next is the Play House Stage, a recreation of one of America's first theatres. The original may have failed terribly, but this one still puts on shows on a regular basis!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Governor's Palace

Then you'll see the extravagant Governor's Palace, and maybe start to get a sense of why the residents of Williamsburg didn't particularly care for their British royal governors!

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Up next is the house of George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who stands out from most of his compatriots because of one simple fact: he was an abolitionist. In Virginia, a state which used a huge amount of slave labor, this didn't exactly make him a lot of friends!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Bruton Parish Episcopal Church

Continuing on, you'll arrive at the oldest building in Colonial Williamsburg: the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. Here, you'll learn not just about the church's surprising history, but also about how it's the whole reason Colonial Williamsburg exists in the first place.

Duration: 15 minutes

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After that is the Bowden-Armistead House, the history of which showcases some of the deep divisions which cut through Williamsburg around the time of the Civil War. See, the owner was a northerner, and you can probably imagine how his Virginian neighbors felt about that...

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The College of William and Mary

Your route takes you next onto the campus of William & Mary College, the oldest college in the United States.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Following the path will take you to Brafferton, the second oldest building on campus, and one with a long and not always pleasant history.

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The final stop on your tour is the Wren Building, an impressive structure which isn't just the oldest building on the William & Mary Campus, but the oldest college building in the entire United States!

Duration: 15 minutes
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