Colonial Williamsburg

The first and still the most spectacular of the large-scale historical reconstructions, Williamsburg offers a rich and textured experience. Williamsburg has been the subject of some controversy over the years. Some have criticized the reconstruction and reenactments for mixing architectural and clothing styles from different decades of the eighteenth century: as if flappers and hippies lived side-by-side in the twentieth century. At other times, complaints have been directed against excessive verisimilitude, as in the case of the all-too-real slave auctions that were reenacted at the site a few years ago. Still, it’s a fun and informative trip, the kids will love it, and anyone with an interest in history, especially early American history, probably ought to see it at least once.

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