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America's Historic Triangle: Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown


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Overview of America's Historic Triangle
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Horse and Carriage in Colonial Williamsburg

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America's Historic Triangle, also known as Virginia's Historic Triangle, is located in southeastern Virginia between Richmond and Norfolk. Comprised of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, the Triangle is linked by the scenic Colonial Parkway. Visitors to America's Historic Triangle are able to explore the birthplace of the United States through living history museums, cultural presentations, special events and more.

Jamestown - Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the United States, provides insight into the history and diverse cultures of America's earliest permanent colonists:

  • Jamestown Settlement, a museum with indoor exhibits and outdoor living history programs, explores the English, Powhatan Indian and African cultures of Jamestown.
  • Historic Jamestowne, situated in Colonial National Historical Park, is the site of America's first permanent English settlement and the location of ongoing archeological projects and discoveries.
Colonial Williamsburg - This 301-acre historic area is the largest living history museum in the United States:
  • Colonial Williamsburg sites include 88 original buildings, hundreds of reconstructed sites and 90-acres of gardens and greens, offering visitors a chance to experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution.
Yorktown - Located on the banks of the York River, Yorktown was established in 1691 as a port and holds a significant place in history for its contribution to American independence during the 1781 Siege of Yorktown:
  • The Yorktown Victory Center examines the American struggle for independence during the Revolutionary era through themed exhibits and living-history programs.
  • Yorktown Battlefield, located in Colonial National Historical Park, is the site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
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