Category: Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

A- Overview:
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Charlottesville is an area of unique beauty and a bastion of history. Each year over half a million travelers visit the Charlottesville area, enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains, Skyline Drive, Monticello, and the University of Virginia (UVA).

For those who enjoy history, there are few more richly endowed settings than Charlottesville. The area is identified with Thomas Jefferson and his legacy of leadership and free thought, which laid the foundation for what Charlottesville is today. The values and traditions of Jefferson, the nation’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, are on display at his home, Monticello, and at the University of Virginia.

It was in Charlottesville that Thomas Jefferson designed and built his magnificent mountaintop home, Monticello, and created what he described as his “academical village,” the University of Virginia. It was Jefferson’s belief that the college experience should take place within a place where shared learning infused daily life. Plans were developed for ten Pavilions, which were stately, neoclassical faculty homes with living quarters upstairs, and classrooms downstairs that were attached to two rows of student rooms and connected by an inward-facing colonnade. The buildings face a long lawn, anchored at one end by a Pantheon-inspired Rotunda. Each Pavilion was identified with a subject to be studied and inhabited by the professor who taught that subject.

Jefferson corresponded with scholars in America and Europe, seeking the best faculty to teach in the areas of philosophy, the arts, foreign languages, science, law, and medicine. In March, 1825, the University of Virginia opened to serve its first 123 students. Through the years, the University has grown and developed from its original composition of white males (sons of wealthy plantation owners) to include men and women of all ethnic and economic backgrounds with the emphasis on academic excellence and adherence to an individual and communal “Code of Honor”.

In 1993, U.S. News and World Report ranked UVA the nation’s best public university. It has remained at the top of that annual list ever since. The University of Virginia consistently ranks well whether judged by popularity with students, retention and graduation rates, or overall excellence and remains committed to fulfilling the vision of its founder. Regularly scheduled official tours of the university are offered. One of the tour points is the university’s West Range, where Woodrow Wilson and Edgar Allan Poe each lived when they were students

Monticello is located just 3 miles southeast of town. Thomas Jefferson was an inventor, and some of his discoveries are displayed at Monticello. Among these are: a seven-day calendar clock; semiautomatic glass doors; and a built-in bed that Jefferson could enter from his bedroom, on one side, or his study, on the other. Jefferson’s memory is honored at the family cemetery on the Monticello grounds.

Slightly more than two miles from Monticello is Ash Lawn-Highland, the restored home of America’s fifth president, James Monroe. This 550-acre estate features gardens, farm-craft demonstrations, and a hiking trail. The scene of many special events such as the Summer Festival, It now hosts tours, concerts and occasional wine tastings.

Also in Charlottesville can be found the home of James Madison, fourth president and author of the Constitution. Charlottesville and Albemarle County proudly display their historical treasures: Monticello; the grounds of the University of Virginia; Historic Court Square; Michie Tavern, and countless others. Tours, special events, and educational programs for the entire family attract many visitors to the area.

The university’s influence on the town of Charlottesville is evident in the number of art galleries, musical venues, bookstores, and trendy restaurants that line the brick streets of downtown. The town has even adopted the university’s famous honor policy: yellow bicycles are left at major intersections for anyone to use, provided they return them when they are finished. (Biking is a great way to get around Charlottesville.) The town offers the best in dining, shopping and education in a sophisticated, small town atmosphere.

Charlottesville borders Shenandoah National Park, whose 300 square miles stretch out along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, serving as a reminder of the great hardwood forests that once blanketed the northeastern United States and of the wildlife that inhabited them. The park offers protection to the animals and plants that thrive within its boundaries. A roadway bisects the park affording spectacular views into the valley below. This is a place to bicycle, to hike, to canoe, and to drive with the Appalachian Trail running for 100 miles through the entire park.

Take a picnic and drive into the countryside in any direction from Charlottesville and you will discover numerous Civil War sites and historical markers detailing more than two hundred years of history. Beautiful estates, bounded by split-rail fences and cedar trees, dot the rolling, hilly landscape. In and around Charlottesville, history comes alive, enriching our understanding of the past and its relationship to the present.

B- City Information:
Population: 45,049

Elevation: 594 feet

Land area: 10.3 square miles

Location: The City of Charlottesville is located in Central Virginia, approximately 100 miles

southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia.

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time Zone, Daylight Saving Time April – October.

Weather:

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Average temp. (°F)
35.0
38.3
46.5
56.7
64.7
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76.5
74.8
68.4
57.5
48.4
38.9

High temperature (°F)
44.4
48.4
57.5
68.4
75.7
83.2
87.3
85.6
79.1
68.6
58.7
48.1

Low temperature (°F)
25.6
28.1
35.5
44.8
53.7
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64.1
57.8
46.3
37.9
29.5

Precipitation (in)
3.3
3.0
3.9
3.2
4.6
4.2
5.0
4.0
4.7
4.1
3.6
3.1

Climate:

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Days with precipitation
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8
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9

Wind speed (mph)
8.0
8.3
8.8
8.7
7.4
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6.3
5.9
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Morning humidity (%)
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81
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78

Afternoon humidity (%)
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Sunshine (%)
52
56
59
63
63
67
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62
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53

Days clear of clouds
8
8
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12
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9

Partly cloudy days
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7

Cloudy days
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15

Snowfall (in)
5.7
5.1
3.1
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
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0.7
2.7

Local Seasons: Charlottesville has four temperate seasons. Winters bring some snow, but the temperatures in January rarely dip below freezing. Spring warms up quickly, with temperatures in March and April averaging in the mid-40’s and 50’s. The dogwood trees are coaxed into blooming by the rising temperatures and thousands of visitors come to the area to enjoy both the blooms and the festival. Summers bring sunny days, and with temperatures averaging in the high 70’s, it’s just perfect for spending time outdoors. The fall brings magnificent vistas with foliage in hues of red, gold and orange and perfect weather for light jackets or sweaters.

Getting There:

By Car: Charlottesville is on I-64 from east or west and U.S. 29 from north or south. I-64

connects with I-81 at Staunton and with I-95 at Richmond.

By Plane: US Airways, Delta, and United fly commuter planes to Charlottesville-Albemarle

Airport, 201 Bowen Loop (434-973-8341, north of town off U.S. 29. Taxis are available, and Van on the Go (877-973-7667 or 434-975-8267) provides shuttle service into town.

By Train: The Amtrak station is at 810 W. Main St. (800-872-7245), about halfway between the commercial district and the University of Virginia.

Getting Around:

The easiest way to get between the campus and the Downtown Mall is on the free trolley operated by the Charlottesville Transit Service (CTA) (434-296). It runs along Main Street every 10 to 15 minutes Monday to Saturday from 6:30am to midnight. CTA also has bus service Monday through Saturday from 6:30am to 6:30pm throughout the city (but not to Monticello).

Parking — On-street parking is extremely limited. In the historic downtown area, you can park free for 2 hours with merchant validation (take your ticket with you and get it stamped) in the garage on Market Street between 1st and 2nd streets, or in any of the lots and two garages along Water Street. The university’s visitor parking garage is on the western side of the campus, on Emmet Street (U.S. 29 Business) a block south of University Avenue (which is the continuation of West Main Street). On the eastern side of campus, two public garages are located opposite the University Hospital on Lee Street, off Jefferson Park Avenue. The Corner has public parking on Elliewood Avenue, Wertland Street at 14th Street, and down the alleys behind the businesses fronting West Main Street.

City Layout:

Charlottesville has two commercial centers, one catering to college students; the other to grownups. Both are on Main Street (U.S. 250 Business), about a mile apart. On West Main Street, opposite the University of Virginia between 13th Street and Elliewood Avenue, the Corner neighborhood is a typical campus enclave, with student-dominated restaurants, bookstores and clothing stores, and a dearth of parking spaces. A mile to the east, Historic Downtown Charlottesville is centered on the Downtown Mall, an 8-block, pedestrian-only strip of Main Street between 2nd Street West and 8th Street East.

Getting Around:

Explore Charlottesville’s captivating downtown and the University areas the most relaxing way: on foot. Visitors and locals alike also enjoy taking advantage of Charlottesville Transit Service’s free trolley from historic downtown to the Corner and University Grounds.

Given the county’s size and geographic diversity, alternative options for travel beyond the city include private or rental vehicle, bus, limousine or if you feel daring– ballooning! Customized guided tours of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Monticello Wine Country, and beyond are available by appointment.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

Business Hours

Emergencies: Ambulance (911). Fire ( 911). Police ( 911).

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Monticello — Home of Thomas Jefferson

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
March 1 – October 31, 8am-5pm; November 1 – February 28, 9am-4:30pm. Closed Christmas.

434-984-9800

Admission Charged. Children under 6 free.

Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President, author of the Declaration of Independence and Statute for Religious Freedom as well as founder of the University of Virginia. In 1769 at the age of 26, Thomas Jefferson began the design and construction of Monticello. Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the city of Charlottesville, Monticello is a majestic reminder of Jefferson’s creativity and talent. No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Monticello, Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Daily tours.

Ash Lawn- Highland

1000 James Monroe Parkway, 2 1/2 miles from Monticello on Route 795, off Route 53.

Open daily November – March 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; April – October 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

434-293-9539

Admission Charged.

Restored home of the 5th president of the United States and close friend of Thomas Jefferson. James Monroe’s 550- acre estate recreates the atmosphere of a working farm, with strutting peacocks, spinning and weaving demonstrations, open hearth cooking demonstrations and tours of the house and gardens

Of particular interest are the newly refurbished interiors, lovely herb and vegetable gardens, and a statue of James Monroe at one end of the boxwood gardens.

Michie Tavern

683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway

Michie Tavern is located less than one mile from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello on State Route 53, Monticello Mountain.

Museum is open year-round
Admission Charged (tours). Tours are 9-5 daily. Last tour: 4:20pm.
434-977-1234

Michie Tavern is a Virginia Historic Landmark which has welcomed travelers for more than 200 years. Established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, the Tavern served as the social center of its community and provided travelers with food, drink and lodging. In 1927, the Tavern was moved 17 miles to its present location close to Monticello, serving as a prime example of the Colonial Revival period. Today, crossing the threshold of old Michie’s Tavern, is to enter another era. This is where our 18th-century counterparts came to dine and socialize. Visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates life when Mr. Michie operated his Inn. During the afternoons, April through October, visitors may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel in the Assembly Room, drink an 18th-century tavern punch or write with a quill pen. After visiting the original Inn, the tour continues through the Tavern’s outbuildings and the Virginia Wine Museum.

The Printer’s Market (at Michie Tavern)

Seasonal Operation, hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Located in an historic 1822 structure, the shop features original and reproduction Early American printed items for sale including one of the most extensive offerings of period newspapers, paper currency and vintage stamps on the East Coast. A gallery setting encourages guests to browse through the books, historic prints, posters, and exhibits.

Albemarle County Courthouse

501 East Jefferson Street

Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed for state and federal holidays.

434-972-4083

Admission Free.

The courthouse was established in 1762. The grounds once held a whipping post, pillory and stocks, as was typical of the time. In addition to serving as the courthouse and sole place to vote in Albemarle County, religious services for Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptists were held in this space, which Jefferson called “The Common Temple.” Jefferson, Madison and Monroe were frequent visitors here, especially after Jefferson retired in 1809.

Court Square of Charlottesville

411 East High Street
877-386-1102

Admission Free.

The following sites can be explored in more detail on Saturday morning walking tours offered by the Albemarle Historical Society (April-October)

200 Second Street, NE.

Tours begin at 10:00 am, last for approximately one hour with donations accepted.

434-296-1492 for more information.

1. 300 Court Square, is the site of the Eagle Tavern, a simple wooden frame building which stood there in 1791 and provided food and lodging on court days, as well as public dances and victory celebrations within its spacious parlor. (the brick replacement, can be seen by visitors today). The building also was used as the headquarters of the Federal occupying forces after the Civil War. Operating as a hotel until the 1960’s, it is now office space.

2. Adjacent to “0” Court Square and 6th Street buildings visitors can see the slave block, where auctions of slaves took place. The slave block should serve as a reminder of the shameful and racist attitudes of many communities during much of our early history.

3. The influence of Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia buildings nearby may have influenced the design of Building #0, when it was built in the 1820’s. Storehouses for merchants, as well as a small town library, a whiskey dealer and a Swiss watchmaker recruited by Jefferson were all located along 6th St.

4. The Swan Tavern was located at 300 Park Street, where a brick townhouse now stands. The tavern was made famous by Jack Jouett, whose father owned The Swan. In 1781, Jefferson and Virginia’s government quit Richmond under threat of capture by the British, and reconvened in Charlottesville. Jouett rode through the night on back roads from Louisa County to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee and other members of the General Assembly of the approach of British forces under the command of Colonel Banastre Tarleton. Eluding capture, most legislators fled to safety in Staunton. Tarleton’s men destroyed some court records and military stores, but spared the town from destruction.

The Miller School of Albemarle

1000 Samuel Miller Loop
434-823-4805

Visitors are welcome during the day, but should check in at the Main Office in Old Main.

Admission Free.

The Miller School is one of several legacies of Samuel Miller, a native of Albemarle County who grew up in poverty but became a wealthy investor in Lynchburg. He established The Miller School in Albemarle County to provide a first-rate education for children from Albemarle County and the surrounding area, regardless of financial condition. Listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register, the Miller School complex of buildings reflect the Victorian Gothic architecture popular at the time. Situated on almost 1600 acres of land, the beautiful grounds provide ample space for the 160 students now attending the school. The Miller School, originally known as The Miller Manual Labor School, was chartered by an Act of the General Assembly approved on February 24, 1874. The architectural focal point of the campus, Old Main, was begun in 1876. It was designed by architects Albert Lybrock and D. Wiley Anderson of Richmond, and built by Thomas Woodroffe, originally from England. The school opened in 1878 with 33 students, and has been a successful boarding and day school ever since.

University of Virginia Rotunda and Central Grounds

University Ave
434-924-3239, 434-924-7969

Conducted tours of the Rotunda are offered daily at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Closes for 3 weeks at Christmas time and during graduation in May.

Admission Free.

The original Grounds of the University, including the Rotunda and the Lawn, were designed by Jefferson to be what he called an “Academical Village.” The Academical Village includes a rectangular, terraced green space known as the Lawn; two parallel rows of buildings, the Pavilions, connected by colonnaded walkways and student rooms; and the Rotunda, which closes off the north end of the Lawn. The Rotunda, a half-scale interpretation of the Pantheon in Rome, is the signature landmark of the University and its Dome Room originally housed the University library. The Pavilions are in the Federal style and no two are alike. The top floors of the Pavilions originally served as living quarters for the professors, while the ground-level floors served as classrooms and offices.

The Gardens are enclosed by serpentine brick walls, whose curve helps to stabilize and strengthen the walls, which are remarkable for being only one brick thick. Parallel to the Lawn and behind the Gardens are the Ranges, rows of rooms in which graduate students now live. West Range No. 13 is preserved as the Edgar Allan Poe Room. A plaque over the door of No. 31 marks the room of Woodrow Wilson.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Room

University of Virginia grounds. West Range #13

434-977-1783, 877-386-1102
Admission Free.

Call for days and hours.

Author/poet’s room has been restored to 1826 time period when he was a student. Features a recording about his life.

McGregor Room of Alderman Library

Alderman Library, University of Virginia

434-924-3025

9am-9pm, Monday through Thursday; 9am-5pm, Friday and Saturday.

Call to confirm Saturday hours.

Admission Free.

The Special Collections Department’s exhibition space is located in the Tracy W. McGregor Room on the second floor of Alderman Library. Special Collections administers over 12 million manuscripts, 2.5 million items in the University archives, and 268,600 rare books, as well as approximately 4,000 maps, over 4,000 broadsides; more than 125,000 photographs and small prints.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

400 Peter Jefferson Place

434-244-0234
Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm.

Admission Free.

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection was a gift from An American businessman, John W. Kluge to the University of Virginia in 1997. Mr. Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988 and compiled one of the foremost private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world. In 1993, Kluge purchased the collection and archives of the late Professor Edward L. Ruhe of Kansas University

Frontier Culture Museum

1290 Richmond Ave., Staunton, VA. Located near I-64 & I-81 in Staunton, VA. I-81, Exit 222, Route 250 West, the museum is ½ mile on the left.

540-332-7850

Open daily, 9am-5pm; Winter hours: Dec.1- March 16, 10am – 4pm.

Museum closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving, & Christmas. Museum may close or have program changes due to weather conditions. To avoid being disappointed, call ahead.

Admission Charged

University of Virginia Art Museum

Rugby Road, located one block north of the Rotunda on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5pm

434-924-3592, 434-924-7458

Admission Free.

The University of Virginia Art Museum exhibits art from around the world dating from ancient times to the present day. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum presents an ongoing schedule of changing exhibitions, accompanied by related programs and publications.

Leander J. McCormick Observatory

McCormick Observatory on the UVA grounds.

9-11pm, Apr. – Oct, first and third Friday night.

8-10pm, Nov.-Mar., first and third Friday night.

434-924-7494

Admission Free.

Call for schedule.

Monuments/Memorials

Robert E. Lee Monument

Lee Park, Historic Court Square

434-296-1492.

This monument was commissioned in 1917 and completed nearly seven years later. In 1924, the statue was presented to the city during a Confederate reunion held at the park. More information is available from the Albemarle County Historical Society at the phone number listed above.

Stonewall Jackson Monument

Jackson Park, Historic Court Square

434-296-1492

At the time of the artwork’s unveiling in 1921, the Jackson monument was considered to be among the finest equestrian sculptures in the nation. More information is available from the Albemarle County Historical Society at the phone number listed above.

Confederate Memorial on Court Square

Albemarle County Court House in Charlottesville. Court Square

877-386-1102 or 434-977-1783

Admission Free.
Charlottesville and Albemarle County were among the last communities in Virginia to erect a monument honoring Confederate soldiers from their area. The bronze statue, whose sculptor remains unknown, is most likely a mass- produced copy of a Confederate soldier “at ready.”

Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea Statue

At the intersections of W. Main Street and Ridge Street Charlottesville. Just northwest of the downtown mall.

434-293-6789

This impressive and historic statue commemorates the 1803-1806 journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The statue of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea was sculpted by Charles Keck, who was a prominent sculptor of his day. The statue was commissioned by Paul Goodloe McIntire and given to the citizens of Charlottesville in 1919.

Confederate Monument, University Of Virginia Cemetery

At the intersections of Alderman and McCormick Roads in Charlottesville.

877-386-1102 or 434-977-1783

Admission Free.

Unveiled on June 7, 1893, the monument is in memory of approximately eleven hundred Confederate Soldiers buried at the University of Virginia. The piece consists of a gray granite pedestal twelve feet high on which stands an eight foot bronze statue of a young Confederate solider, hat in hand and rifle at the rest position. Four encircling bronze tablets carry the names of the soldiers buried at the cemetery. Seventeen blank spaces represent unknown soldiers.

Cemeteries

Maplewood Cemetery

400 Block Lexington Avenue

7am-8pm.

877-386-1102, 434-977-1783
Admission Free.

Like many cemeteries in cities across the nation, Maplewood Cemetery offers a glimpse of the lives of past citizens. As the oldest public cemetery in Charlottesville, with interments beginning in 1777, Maplewood Cemetery is a priceless reminder of Charlottesville’s rich and varied history. At least three Confederate Generals, as well as other local citizens who distinguished themselves in the Civil War, are buried in Charlottesville’s Maplewood Cemetery.

Oakwood Cemetery

Elliot Avenue & First Street SE
434-293-6789, 434-970-3589

7am-8pm

Admission Free.

As the second-oldest public cemetery in Charlottesville, with interments beginning in 1883, Oakwood Cemetery is a peaceful and welcoming space for visitors. The graves of many prominent and historic citizens are here.

Vineyards & Wineries

Jefferson Vineyards

1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway,

located on Hwy 53 between Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland.

800-272-3042, 434-977-3042

Daily, 11 am to 5 pm; tours on the hour between noon and 4 pm.
Admission Free. Fee charged for tastings.

When Thomas Jefferson and Italian Filippo Mazzei decided to establish a vineyard, they chose the land between Monticello and Ash-Lawn – the site of present day Jefferson Vineyards.

First Colony Winery

1650 Harris Creek Road

434-979-7105

11am-5pm.

Open daily, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission Free.

Complimentary tours and tastings are offered at the winery. Five Wines are produced: Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Oakencroft Vineyard & Winery

1486 Oakencroft Lane

434-296-4188

Open daily, April to December, 11-5, January and February by appointment, March weekends only 11-5.

Admission Charged. (Tasting fees)

Spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are seen from the vineyards. A lake, home to five species of waterfowl, fronts the Winery Courtyard. Wines: Countryside White, Blush, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot.

McGuffey Art Center

210 Second Street, NW

Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm.; Sun., 1-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Holiday closing schedule: New Years Eve/Day, July 4th, Last two weeks in August, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day.
434-295-7973

Admission Free.

The McGuffey Art Center is a co- operative, non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1975 and is housed in the former McGuffey Elementary School building. The schoolrooms were transformed into forty studios, three galleries, and a gift shop All studios are open 17.5 hours per week in order for the public to observe work in progress.

Old Hardware Store Building

316 E. Main Street, Historic Downtown Mall
434-977-1518

Call for hours of operation.

Admission Free.

This Charlottesville landmark since 1895 is now an exciting complex of boutiques, restaurants, and art and exhibition galleries.

Fortune’s Cove Preserve

490 Westfield Road
434-295-6106

Open daily, dawn to dusk, year-round.

Admission Free

Fortune’s Cove Preserve (The Nature Conservancy) provides a challenging hike that rewards visitors with stunning mountain vistas. Fortune’s Cove straddles Virginia’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge. Here, these two ecological regions meet to form a unique collection of flora from both areas. The 5.5-mile loop trail climbs steeply from the parking area, gaining some 1,500 feet in elevation before reaching its highest point. Hikers should be in good physical condition and should allow six hours to complete the entire loop. A gravel parking area and kiosk with trail map are at the preserve entrance; there are no restrooms.

Thomas Jefferson Parkway and Kemper Park

Located on Route 53 (100 yards from Route 20S).

434-984-9822

Daily, sunrise to sunset.

Admission Free.

Visitors are invited to stroll along the Thomas Jefferson Parkway located on Route 53. The trail is 3.2 miles round-trip on a gentle grade. Limited parking is available at the base of Route 53.

Rivanna River

Winds through Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville and Fluvanna County. Access points include U.S. 29 Bridge at South Fork, Darden Towe Park, Riverview Park (fishing), Palmyra and Columbia (at James River).

434-293-6789

Admission Free.

The beautiful and gentle Rivanna River flows through Albemarle and Fluvanna counties as well as the City of Charlottesville. Named for Queen Anne of England, the Rivanna is home to countless birds, fish, turtles and other creatures, as well as providing a wonderful place for human residents to fish, canoe, swim and boat. The river begins about six miles northeast of Charlottesville where the North and South Forks of the river are joined, and flows about 42 miles to Columbia where it joins the mighty James River. The Rivanna is considered safe for canoes in winter, spring and early summer, with few hazards, and no whitewater.

Hardware River

Carter’s Bridge on Route 20 south
434-293-6789

Admission Free.

The Hardware River begins about 15 miles south of Charlottesville, just above the Route 20 Bridge. The Hardware flows south for 26 ½ miles to join the James River just above Bremo Bluff. Typically, canoeists divide the trip into two sections, the first being from Route 20 at Carter Bridge to the Temperance Wayside at Route 6, and the second being from the Temperance Wayside at Route 6 to the James River at the take-out bridge.

The Hardware River is rich in wildlife, including deer, turkey, fish and a variety of other birds and mammals. The banks are mostly tree-lined and shady, with the high clay banks so typical of Piedmont streams. Though often crossed by roads, the traveler is certain to enjoy the peace and quiet afforded by the river.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Children’s Health Museum at UVA

University of Virginia Medical Center, on Lee Street

1st floor of the Primary Care Center of the University of Virginia Medical Center

434-924-1593

Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm.

Admission Free.

The museum was designed to teach children about their bodies, health care, and healthy choices in a way that builds self-esteem, promotes good health, and alleviates fears of doctors, hospitals, and medical procedures.

Monticello Visitors Center

600 College Drive

434-984-9822

Open daily 9am-5pm., November through February; 9am-5:30pm., March through October. Jefferson Exhibit is closed December 25.

Admission Free.

Located in the Monticello Visitors Center building is the exhibition “Thomas Jefferson at Monticello,” which explores many aspects of Jefferson’s domestic life. On display is a rich assortment of personal memorabilia, artifacts discovered during archaeological excavations, and architectural models and drawings. A film, “Thomas Jefferson: The Pursuit of Liberty,” is shown in the theatre.

Tonsler Park

1300 Pen Park Road, At the intersection of Ridge Street and Cherry Avenue.

434-970-3589

Daily, 6AM to 11PM

Admission Free.

Tonsler Park is one of the busiest parks in Charlottesville. Small children, teenagers and families gather to enjoy the recreation center, tennis courts, life-size chess board, lighted basketball courts, softball/soccer fields, large sprinkler shower and extensive playground equipment.

Virginia Discovery Museum

East end of the Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall
434-977-1025

Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Admission Charged.

An exciting world of education and fun for children ages 1 to 10 and their families. The Museum has two exhibit spaces: the Back Gallery exhibit changes every three months, and the Discovery Corner alternates every month. The Museum’s Front Gallery is full of interactive exhibits about science, history and the arts for children including twelve permanent exhibit areas.

Virginia Museum of Natural History – UVA

104 Emmet Street

434-982-4605

Monday – Thursday, 10am-4pm.

Admission Free.

The Museum offers changing exhibits on natural history which rotate periodically. The Wachovia-UVA Discovery room engages children, ages 3-93 in hands- on nature-related learning experiences. Young children may crawl into a tree snag (replica) and discover the creatures that make their home inside. A discovery box, animal tracks as well as a library allow for more exploration. Visitors may examine animal x-rays on a view box and compare them to real animal skulls and skeletons that are on display. Children can also learn about our water supply system as they connect pipes from a “reservoir” to a “sink” to a “water treatment plant” or “septic system”, and watch it flow back into the “river.” Using a marble as a water drop, children follow the flow of water through the system.

McIntire Skateboard Park

McIntire Rd & 250 Bypass
434-244-0166

Open June through December

Call for exact dates and times of operation
Admission Free

Attendant on duty during operating hours

Hours subject to change

Liability waivers are required. Helmet, elbow & kneepads are required and available at site.

Equipment consists of Skatelite ramps, jumps & boxes.

E- Events & Entertainment:
February

Japanese Family Festival

University of Virginia Art Museum

434-924-7458

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Free.

Festival events will include family activities such as origami, games, kimono wrapping and other traditional crafts, organized by the Young Friends. The gallery guild and the volunteer board will present Japanese treats and drinks, and the docents will host demonstrations of Japanese music and dance, a tea ceremony and a bonsai exhibition.

March

Virginia Festival of the Book

Events are held at the University of Virginia, in downtown Charlottesville, and around the Charlottesville/Albemarle area

434-924-6890

Admission Free (except special luncheons and receptions).

Call for dates, time and location.

Readings, panel discussions and book signings are held throughout the area during the days and evenings of the festival. There are usually about 150 total programs, including adult and children’s programming.

April

The City Market

H & R Block parking lot on Water St.

970-3371 or 970-3271
Saturdays, 7am-12noon

The Market offers fresh produce, herbs, plants, crafts & baked goods
from local vendors.

Court Days Crafts Festival
Downtown Historic District
434-296-8548

Admission Free.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Various locations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County

434-977-1783 or 877-386-1103

Admission Charged.

Call for exact date, hours and locations.

Annual Dogwood Festival

Various locations including McIntire Park and Downtown Charlottesville.
434-961-9824

Admission Charged for some events.

Call for schedule of all events.

What began in the fall of 1950 as the Apple Harvest Festival became the Dogwood Festival in April of 1958, during the peak of the Dogwood blossom season. Thousands come each year to enjoy the feature parade which usually consists of over 120 units. Some of the many other activities that comprise the festival include a golf tournament, a chicken barbeque at McIntire Park, the dogwood tree sale at Barracks Road Shopping Center, a breakfast in Charlottesville, the amusement rides at McIntire Park, the Dogwood Blues Festival on the Downtown Mall.

Fridays After Five

Downtown Mall

Every Friday, late April-early October, beginning at 5:30pm.
434-296-8548

Admission Free.

Free outdoor concerts for the whole family on the east end of Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall in the amphitheater.

Easter Egg Hunt at Kluge Estate Farm Shop

Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard | 100 Grand Cru Drive

434-977-3895

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Free.

Come for a fun-filled Easter Egg hunt. All prizes are edible!

May

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival
Claudius Crozet Park
434-823-2211

Call for exact date and time

Admission Charged.

Virginia Wine Festival
Ash Lawn-Highland, 1941 James Monroe Parkway
434-293-9539

Call for exact date and time

Admission Charged (includes wine glass and tastings).

Important Virginia vineyards, music, gourmet food, Monroe house tours, more.

June

Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Festival

1941 James Monroe Parkway
434-293-4500

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Charged.

July

Charlottesville Fireworks Fest

McIntire Park

434-977-6100
July 4, 4-10pm

Admission Free (donations accepted).

Come for an evening of great community fun. Moonbounces, games and slides for kids, music, skydivers and lots of fireworks!

Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony

Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville
July 4

Call for exact time.

Admission Free.

This outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens on Monticello’s West Lawn is one of America’s most inspiring July 4 events. Patriotic music will be performed.

African-American Cultural Arts Festival

Booker T. Washington Park (Park is located on corner of 10th Street NW and Preston Avenue, west of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville)

Last Saturday of July

434-296-4986 or 434-979-0582
Admission Free.

This family-oriented festival opens with a grand entrance by the Spiritwalker, dancers, drums and many other exciting performers. A wide variety of crafts, foods, community organizations and artisans will be found throughout the park. Visitors can listen to the traditional African storyteller, watch musical and dance performances and discover more about local and national African American history and the contributions of African Americans to our community.

Ash Lawn Opera Festival

Boxwood Gardens of Ash Lawn-Highland

1941 James Monroe Parkway, (2 1/2 miles from Monticello on Route 795, off Route 53).

Evening performances at 8 p.m. are outdoors at Ash Lawn-Highland; grounds open for picnicking at 6 p.m. Lectures begin at 7:15 p.m. (if applicable).

434-979-0122 or 434-293-4500

Admission Charged.
Opera and musical theater sung in English.

August

Albemarle County Fair

Fairgrounds (From Charlottesville take Route 29 south to North Garden, turn right on Route 692. Approximately 1/2 mile on right)

434-293-6396

Call for exact dates and hours of operation.

Admission Charged.

What would August in Albemarle County be without the County Fair? This week-long tradition is a great finale to summer fun. The fair provides an opportunity for visitors to understand, appreciate and enjoy the agricultural heritage that continues to sustain the area economy. A family fun-filled event featuring agricultural, livestock and craft exhibits; musical entertainment, amusement rides, commercial exhibits and a wonderful variety of food.

Plantation Days: Children’s Day

Ash Lawn-Highland

1941 James Monroe Parkway, (2 1/2 miles from Monticello on Route 795, off Route 53).

434-293-9539

Admission Charged.

Call for exact date and time.

Work and play on an early 19th-century plantation. Special youth tours of the home of President James Monroe. Craft demonstrations, hands-on workshops, music, colonial games, more.

September

Plantation Days: Autumn on the Plantation

Ash Lawn-Highland

1941 James Monroe Parkway, (2 1/2 miles from Monticello on Route 795, off Route 53).

434-293-9539

Admission Charged.

Call for exact date and time.

Activities to prepare for winter on an early 19th-century plantation. Craft demonstrations, hands-on workshops, music, colonial games, more.

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

Jefferson Theater, on the Downtown Mall

434-977-6100

Admission Charged.

Call for exact date and time.

The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival presents a series of concerts each September, featuring musicians from all over the world, in new and old chamber music repertoire.

October

Monticello Wine and Jazz Festival

Boar’s Head Inn

1486 Oalencroft Lane

434-296-4188 ext. 21

Admission Charged.

Call for exact dates and times.

Featuring wineries located in the Monticello Viticultural Area all within an hour of Charlottesville, Va. Art and craft exhibits, jazz musicians, great food and great wine. Come and enjoy the beautiful fall colors of Virginia.

Virginia Film Festival

Events are held at locations throughout the Charlottesville area.
434-924-FEST or 800-UVA-FEST

Admission Charged.

Call for exact dates and times of event.

There will be a rapid filmmaking workshop in which approximately twenty filmmakers will write, shoot, and edit their films in three days, beginning on opening night and screening on closing night.

Downtown Safe Halloween Festival

Downtown Mall

434- 970-3271
Call for exact time and date.

Admission Free.
Halloween fun for children 12 and under.

Charlottesville Cavalcade

CHS Stadium

434-295-8453.

Call for exact time and date.

Admission Charged.

High School Marching Band Competition.

November

Governor Jefferson’s Thanksgiving Festival
Historic Court Square and Downtown Mall
434-978-4466

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Free.

Over fifty activities scheduled at seven different venues around Charlottesville’s Historic Court Square and Downtown Mall are designed to let you experience what the community was like during the American Revolution between 1779 and 1781. You will step back in history and mingle with a cast of about 150 costumed people portraying famous statesmen, soldiers, merchants, clergymen and slaves who gathered during the American Revolution for a Day of Public Thanksgiving that was proclaimed by Virginia’s Governor Thomas Jefferson in November 1779. Events include: colonial folk music and dancing; children’s games; horse-drawn carriage rides; the “little militia’ at the soldier encampment; demonstrations of 18th century crafts and trades; crafts for children at the Discovery Museum; lectures on African-American history and culture; Governor Jefferson’s Ball and more.

Sounds of the Season-A Holiday Concert
Ash Lawn-Highland

1941 James Monroe Parkway, (2 ½ miles from Monticello on Route 795, off Route 53).

434-293-9539

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Charged.

This informal concert features holiday music followed by a candlelight tour of the historic James Monroe house.

Charlottesville Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

Charlottesville National Guard Armory – 1640 Avon Street Extension

540-384-6047

Call for event date and hours of operation

Jewelry makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths from all over the U.S. who can reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelry from customer-selected gems, stones, opals and crystals. Wire wrap, wire sculpture, pearls, stone beads, stone setting, amber, opal, gem tree, mineral and fossil dealers. Hourly door prizes.

Charlottesville Tradition

Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, 108 5th Street N.E.

434-961- 5846

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Free

Kick off the Holiday Season in Downtown! Charlottesville’s Mayor will pull the switch lighting up the entire Downtown Mall with brilliant holiday light for the Grand Illumination. Festive holiday music by the Charlottesville Municipal Band and local gospel groups. Children and adults alike can welcome Santa’s arrival in Charlottesville as he rides a fire truck down the mall!

December

Oratorio Society Annual Holiday Concert

Cabell Hall Auditorium, University of Virginia

434-996-3610

Call for exact date and time

Admission Charged

The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville- Albemarle (TOSCA) is a 65-member group of singers of all ages (college and beyond) who enjoy singing good music. They present holiday favorites for the whole family.

First Night Virginia

Events are held at locations throughout the downtown area

December 31

434-975-8269

Entertainment, food, and events in Downtown Charlottesville, fireworks at midnight. There are fabulous musicians, magicians, storytellers, puppet shows, and entertainers galore. The event is alcohol free.
Admission Charged (Admission buttons are sold prior to the event, call number listed above for participating stores.)

Call for hours.

Giant Menorah Lighting and Community Chanukah

Central Place on the Downtown Mall

434-293-5994

Call for exact time and date.

Admission Free

Join Chabad of Charlottesville at Central Place on the Downtown Mall for a Chanukah celebration for folks of all ages. Sing the “Dreidel Song” and “Rock of Ages” and feast on traditional holiday treats like potato latkes with all the trimmings and jelly doughnuts…plus chocolate gelt and prizes for the kids!

Spotlight at the Paramount

Charlottesville’s Downtown mall

434-979-1922

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Free.

Local performers are in the Spotlight! Spirited performances of holiday cheer will begin every half hour.

Michie Tavern’s Yuletide Feast

Michie Tavern

683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
434-977-1234

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Charged. Advance ticket purchase required. Reservations begin in November.

Strolling musicians entertain guests dining by candlelight. A banquet of Virginia favorites is served. Festive 18th century style fresh greens and fruits decorate the Tavern.

Christmas by Candlelight

Ash Lawn-Highland

1941 James Monroe Parkway, (2 ½ miles from Monticello on Route 795, off Route 53).

434-293-9539

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Charged.

Christmas candlelight tours are given by costumed interpreters. Hot cider and jumbles are served.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

A- Overview:
Located on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach borders North Carolina and ranks as the largest city in Virginia.

This major East Coast resort city welcomes college students and other travelers with a scenic boardwalk bustling with ice-cream shops, fast-food outlets, nightclubs, and places to rent water-sports equipment. There are excellent beaches north of town and thousands of hotel and motel rooms to suit every budget.

Visit the landing site where the first colonists touched shore, enjoy an IMAX theatre presentation, explore a nature trail and hundreds of interactive exhibits at the Virginia Marine Science Museum, and experience various marine habitats. In winter, the museum organizes trips to see the humpback whales that congregate off the coast.

Nearby, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and First Landing State Park are excellent places to ride bicycles, observe the migrating waterfowl, and explore coastal dunes.

On April 26th 1607 Admiral Christopher Newport set a landing party ashore at the present site of Virginia Beach. Fearing the area was too susceptible to attack from the native people and the Spanish, Admiral Newport chose a small island on the James River (Jamestown) on which to establish the first permanent English Colony in the new world. Fourteen years later, some of the colonists returned to the original landing site and settled in the area that is now Virginia Beach.

Abundant fishing and fertile soil assured the area’s success. In the late 1800s, Virginia Beach developed as a resort following construction of a hotel and a railroad linking it with Norfolk. After World War I it became an important base in the national coastal-defense system and today is home to Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Oceana Naval Air Station, and Fleet Combat Direction Systems Warfare Training Center at Dam Neck.

With its excellent beaches and many fine hotels, Virginia Beach is one of the most popular resort destinations on the east coast and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

B- City Information:

Population : 433,934

Elevation: 15 feet

County: Virginia Beach

Land area: 248.3 square miles

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time Zone

Average weather in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
40.2
42.1
49.0
57.4
66.1
74.4
79.0
77.4
72.2
61.3
52.4
44.3

High temperature (°F)
48.1
50.6
57.9
67.0
74.7
82.7
86.7
84.8
79.5
69.6
61.1
52.5

Low temperature (°F)
32.2
33.6
40.0
47.7
57.4
66.1
71.3
70.0
64.9
53.0
43.7
36.2

Precipitation (in)
4.0
3.4
4.1
3.3
3.8
3.7
5.0
4.9
4.2
3.5
3.0
3.1

Normal climate around Virginia Beach, Virginia
Based on data reported by main weather stations

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
11
10
11
10
10
9
11
10
8
7
8
9

Wind speed (mph)
11.4
11.8
12.3
11.8
10.4
9.7
8.9
8.8
9.6
10.2
10.3
10.9

Morning humidity (%)
75
75
74
74
77
79
81
84
84
83
79
76

Afternoon humidity (%)
59
57
54
51
56
57
59
61
61
59
57
59

Sunshine (%)
53
56
60
63
62
67
62
62
61
59
56
54

Days clear of clouds
9
8
9
9
8
7
7
8
9
12
10
9

Partly cloudy days
7
6
8
9
10
12
12
12
9
7
8
7

Cloudy days
16
14
15
12
13
11
12
11
11
12
12
15

Snowfall (in)
3.0
2.9
1.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.9

Climate :
Ocean breezes moderate the humidity and make for a mild climate in Virginia Beach. Air temperatures range from 40 Degrees in the winter to 80 in the summer. Spring and fall shorten winter(with an average snowfall of 8 inches) and drift into Summer (average July/ August temperatures 78 Degrees F)

Getting Around
Once in Virginia Beach, enjoy the convenience and fun of the trolley service from 2nd Street to 42nd Street on Atlantic Avenue; 19th Street and Pacific Ave. South on General Booth Boulevard; Lynnhaven Mall via the 44 Expressway; The Entertainment Express runs until 2.30am to all the major nightspots.

Tidewater Regional Transit (TRT) provides area bus transportation. Call (757) 640-6300 for information on routes, schedules and fares

By Car
All roads lead to Virginia Beach. When approaching from the west, the easiest routes are Interstate 64, U.S. 460 or U.S. 58. From the north and south, convenient routes are Interstates 85 or 95, U.S. 17 and U.S. 13 (crossing the world-famous Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, a 17-mile span connecting Virginia’s Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach). These routes intersect with Interstate 64, which connects with the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway, Interstate 264, and leads directly to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Alternate Driving Routes
Travelers driving to Virginia Beach can avoid the tension of driving and relax right away, thanks to the many routes leading to the resort city. Rather than the traditional and trafficked Interstate 64, explore the breathtaking scenery, wildlife and historical monuments found along routes 13, 17, 60 and I-664 in Virginia.

Route 13 For a truly picturesque drive from the north, consider Route 13 – a scenic stretch of open road through Virginia’s eastern shore. A trip through Cape Charles offers a look at some of Virginia’s most untouched nature, as tall trees and grasses line the highway and sea gulls glide in the sky.

Route 17 Another alternative route to Virginia Beach from the north is Route 17, leading drivers through the heartland of Virginia. Historic towns like Fredericksburg and Yorktown dot Route 17, ensuring visitors a healthy dose of American history while on their way to the beach resort.

Route 60 Route 17 also affords travelers the opportunity to connect with Route 60, and experience yet more American history with a stop at Colonial Williamsburg or the 1607 Jamestown Settlement. Williamsburg, in addition to the historical attractions, boasts unique shopping experiences and theme parks, such as Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Route 460 Visitors also can travel Route 460 through the Virginia countryside, through Petersburg and Lynchburg, to stop and explore the Civil War monuments.

Interstate 664 Those eager to get to the beach as soon as possible – and, who can blame them – can pick up Interstate 664 in Newport News and experience Hampton Roads’ other bridge-tunnel, the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel. Interstate 664 connects with Interstate 264 in Portsmouth, just minutes from the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

By Air
Virginia Beach is served by Norfolk International Airport and the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The airport is a quick 20-minute ride from the oceanfront, is serviced by almost every major U.S. carrier and offers close to 200 flights daily.

By Train
An Amtrak train connection is available in Newport News, a neighboring city to Virginia Beach. Amtrak bus service is available between the train station and 19th Street and Pacific Avenue. Reservations are required. Call Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245).

By Water
Water is never far away in Virginia Beach. The city contains 51.3 square miles of water, which takes form in the dozens of rivers, bays, lakes, marsh areas and fingers of water that flow into the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Linking the Chesapeake Bay and James River estuaries is the Hampton Roads harbor, one of the finest natural harbors and home port to the world’s largest naval base. Here, the Intracoastal Waterway begins at mile marker 1. From Virginia Beach, recreational boaters can travel as far north as Boston and south to Brownsville, Texas.

Navigators along the East Coast can reach Virginia Beach by plotting a course on the Intracoastal Waterway or Atlantic Ocean. For more information about local marinas and slip fees, call 1-800-VA BEACH.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
The Virginia Marine Science Museum
717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach
Tel:717-425-FISH
The States largest aquarium with 800,000 gallons of aquariums and live habitats this is one of the top ten most visited aquariums in the country . A must see for all ages.

Oceana Navel Air Station
Oceana Boulevard or London Bridge Rd
Tel:757-433-3131
One of the U.S Navy’s four master jet bases with 22 squadrons. Seasonal tours are available

Historic Cape Henry
Atlantic Ave/Fort Story, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-460-1688
Come see and stand where perhaps your ancestors first set foot on the New World back in 1607. The first landing cross marks the place. Also, here you will see the oldest government built lighthouse in the USA, dating back to 1791.

The Pavilion, Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Tel: 757-437-7629
The convention center is in a wonderful building of interesting architecture, which hosts a variety of events each year. A great location for a trade show or meeting.

Association for Research & Enlightenment
67th Street/Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-428-3588
Now here’s a unique place to visit. It’s the International headquarters documenting the works of psychic Edgar Cayce.

Seashore State Park
2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-481- 2131
With more than 27 miles of hiking trails, camping and picnic areas this 2700-acre area is a nature lovers paradise.

Upper Wolfsnare House
2040 Potters Road, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-491-3490
If History is your passion this house is a must. Built in 1759 by Thomas Walke III it gives a wonderful insight into life at that time.

Adam Thoroughgood House
1636 Parrish Road, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757- 460 0007
Step back in time and visit this 17th Century house in the style of an old English Cottage and discover historic herbs and flowers in the gardens.

Contemporary Art Center
2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-425 0000
Although specializing in the presentation of 20th century art styles, the Art Center also presents an eclectic mixture of fine Art forms.

Tidewater Veterans Memorial
19th Street, Virginia Beach
In appreciation of the contributions of the military in the area, a magnificent sculpture/waterfall has been erected here.

Rudee Inlet 7 Marina
Winston-Salem Ave, (Nr. Pacific Ave)
Fun for all if you plan a day out here. Whether it’s a Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach tour of 2 hours or a full days sports fishing you’re after, you’ll find it here.

Old Coast Guard Station
24th Street/Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-422 1587
For those of you who come down to the sea, to dream of days gone by, this museum will transport you back in time with historical stories to tell of shipwrecks off the coast and a history of the area.

Virginia Zoological Park
3500 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
Tel: 757- 441 2706
Located only about half an hour’s drive from Virginia Beach you will find this fine Zoo. The whole family will love it!

Colonial Williamsburg
Henry Street/Rt 199
Tel: 1-800 History
Williamsburg is a must if you’re staying in the Virginia Beach area. It’s about 1 hour’s drive away and there’s lots to see and do with 18th Century houses, a governors mansion, the capital plus Colonial restaurants and shops. Learn all about the history of the area from costumed characters who’ll stroll among you and put on wonderful plays. Special events are put on at different times of the day and evening.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
45 minutes from Virginia Beach
open from March through October
hours 10am-10pm most days
Tel:757 253 3350
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has four of the world’s top-rated roller coasters, including Alpengeist and the new Apollo’s Chariot. This hypercoaster will plummet riders a total of 825 feet. From awesome rides and spectacular shows to superb shopping and fabulous feasts, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers a fun-filled adventure you’ll never forget.
Directions:
Take Interstate 64 West to Exit 242A, then follow SR 199 2 Miles to US 60, take US 60 east, 1.5 Miles to entrance

Water Country USA
45 minutes Virginia Beach
Open May through September
hours 10am-8pm, late summer 7pm and 6pm
Tel: 1 800-343-SWIM
With more than 35 wacky cool water rides, super shopping and tasty treats, Water Country USA is the coolest way to beat the heat. Directions:
Take Interstate 64 West to Exit 242A, then follow SR 199 ¼ Mile to Entrance

Colonial Williamsburg
Open March through August
hours 9.30am-5pm
Tel:1-800-HISTORY
Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest outdoor living history museum. Learn all about the history of the area from costumed characters who’ll stroll among you and put on wonderful plays. Special events are put on at different times of the day and evening. Directions:
About an hours drive from Virginia Beach midway between Richmond and Norfolk on I-64 (exit 238). After exiting, look for the green and white signs for the Visitor Center. Once you purchase your admissions pass, you can either take the shuttle bus or walk to the Historic Area.

Virginia Air & Space Centre
600 Settlers Landing Road,Hampton,Va
Tel: 757 727 0800
Less than an hour from Virginia Beach is the Air & Space museum which will bring excitement and fun for kids of all ages!

The Virgina Marine Science Museum
717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach
Tel:717 425 FISH
The States largest aquarium with 800,000 gallons of aquariums and live habitats this ‘Travel Attraction of the Year’ is one of the top ten most visited aquariums in the country . A must see for all ages.

Old Coast Guard Station
24th Street/Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-422 1587
For those of you who come down to the sea, to dream of days gone by, this museum will transport you back in time with historical stories to tell of shipwrecks off the coast and a history of the area.

Childrens Museum
221 High Street Portsmouth
Tel: 757-393 8393
Kids looking for something different to do? Well approx. 30 minutes form Virginia Beach is a fun museum. Watch them delight while playing with the big Bubble machine where they can make bubble as big as themselves! Or hold your breath as you watch them scale the indoor rock-climbing wall

Ocean Breeze Amusement Park
849 General Booth Boulevard
Tel: 757 422 4444
A traditional amusement park to complement a day at the beach.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Street Stages (all summer)
7th, 17th & 24th
Virginia Beach
Tel: 757- 491 SUNN
Head to these stages for entertainment at all times of day and night. Free for all! You’ll find a great variety to choose from such as musicians and singers, magicians and comedians.

The Hampton Roads Shakespeare Festival (all summer)
2000 Seatack Neighborhood Park
Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-425 1154

June

Latin American Festival

June-September

Beach Street USA

Nightly 8 – 11:30 p.m.

July 4

Stars and Stripes Explosion

Mid-July

Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Festival

Late July

Philippine-American Festival

August

Tiger Birthday Party
Virginia Zoo hosts a birthday party for its tigers.

Live Bird Café at the Virginia Beach Zoo

Ongoing Sat & Sun 12pm & 1pm

Late August

Soul Music Beach Festival

September

Labor Day Weekend

Verizon Wireless American Music Festival

Early September

Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Mid-September

Blues at the Beach

Annual Neptune Festival
Features a variety of competitions and entertainment

Early October

Virginia Beach Annual Film Festival

Mid-October

Annual Oktober Brew Festival

Halloween (Late October)

Screech Street Festival

Williamsburg, Virginia

A- Overview:
Colonial Williamsburg is the nation’s largest and oldest outdoor living history museum. It portrays 18th-century Williamsburg in all its beauty and grandeur, just as it appeared on the eve of the American Revolution.

Williamsburg is located in southeastern Virginia on a peninsula between the James and York Rivers, which run into Chesapeake Bay. Settled in 1632, it was Virginia’s capital from 1699 to 1779. After that time, the city unfortunately declined, and it was not until the 1920’s that people again took a real interest in Williamsburg. It was in 1926 that the idea of excavating and restoring the colonial site of Williamsburg took root. Williamsburg then underwent a complete transformation from an industrial town to what is now known as Colonial Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg bridges Virginia’s past and present, with remnants of the past preserved amid the cultural and commercial bustle of the modern day. Throughout the city, an engaging mix of sights, sounds and activities helps visitors reconnect with America’s past and become active participants in 18th-century life. Not only can visitors enjoy the restored buildings, but also actors recreate the everyday lives of early settlers. On Colonial Williamsburg’s 173 acres, 88 original 18th- and early 19th-century structures, such as the courthouse, have been meticulously restored. The site curators are dedicated to maintaining the period’s integrity in every detail from pieces of furniture, pottery, china, glass, silver, pewter, textiles, tools, and carpeting, to landscaping.

All year round, visitors can observe hundreds of costumed interpreters wearing bonnets or three-cornered hats and speaking in character. Many residents of the settlement demonstrate their trades in venues open to the public. Historic trade demonstrations, dramatic vignettes, interactive programs and encounters with “People of the Past” take place in 28 exhibition sites and historic trade shops throughout the Historic Area. Visitors can enjoy 18th-century style dining in authentic colonial surroundings at any one of Colonial Williamsburg’s four operating taverns.

For a vacation with the grandchildren, for a holiday celebration with the family, or for a time of personal reflection: treat yourself to the opportunity to become part of our nation’s living history in Colonial Williamsburg!

B- City Information:
Population: 11,998

Elevation: 86 feet above sea level

Land Area: 8.5 square miles

Location: Williamsburg is 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., midway between Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia on Interstate 64.

Time Zone: Williamsburg is located in the Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Williamsburg, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Williamsburg observes Daylight Savings Time April – October.

Weather:

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Sep
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Average temp. (°F)
38.5
41.2
48.8
57.8
66.2
73.8
78.1
76.5
70.8
59.8
50.9
42.5

High temperature (°F)
48.9
52.4
61.0
71.1
78.2
85.2
89.0
87.1
81.6
71.5
62.4
53.0

Low temperature (°F)
28.1
29.9
36.6
44.4
54.1
62.3
67.2
65.9
60.0
48.0
39.3
31.9

Precipitation (in)
4.2
3.4
4.6
3.2
4.5
3.4
5.3
5.0
5.0
3.6
3.4
3.3

Climate:

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Feb
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Days with precip.
10
9
11
9
11
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11
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8
7
8
9

Wind speed (mph)
9.4
9.9
10.4
10.1
8.9
8.3
7.7
7.4
7.9
8.3
8.7
9.1

Morning humidity (%)
78
77
76
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86
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79

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
55
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48
53
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57
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57

Sunshine (%)
54
57
61
65
64
69
66
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61
58
54

Days clear of clouds
8
8
8
8
7
7
7
7
9
12
9
9

Partly cloudy days
7
6
8
9
10
12
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12
9
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8
6

Cloudy days
16
14
15
13
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12
12
12
12
12
13
15

Snowfall (in)
4.2
3.5
1.8
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
1.6

Local Seasons:

Summer is the busiest time of year as visitors come to visit and experience the many historic attractions in and around the area. With the summertime temperatures averaging in the high 70s F, with daytime highs in the mid to high 90s and evenings dropping into the 60s F, it is possible to spend the entire day and night seeing the sights. Spring and fall are quite beautiful with the changing of the seasons. In the spring, the blossoms begin to appear as early as March and dot the countryside. It’s a great time to take a walk and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. The same applies to the fall when the area becomes an array of beautiful colors and temperatures to match. Winter is the slower time of year and snow does fall but it does make the town look even more “picture perfect”. While the temperatures do drop during this time, the daytime can reach the 40s F, giving the visitor the choice of both indoor and outdoor activities to pursue.

How to Get There:

By Car

Easily accessible by car, Williamsburg is conveniently located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., midway between Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia on Interstate 64.

From Interstate 64, visitors may take exits 227 through 242 to reach different points of interest in the Historic Triangle.

Exits 227, 230, and 234 – route travels to Route 60 West.

Exit 238 – route travels to Colonial Williamsburg and the downtown area.

Exit 242 – route travels to Route 60 East.

By Air

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)

900 Bland Blvd.

Newport News, VA 23602

757-877-0221

The airport is located 20 minutes from downtown and is served by many of the low cost regional airlines.

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)

2200 Northview Avenue

Norfolk, VA 23518

757-857-3351

The airport is located approximately 50 minutes from Williamsburg and is serviced by many of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Richmond International Airport (RIC)

1 Richard E Byrd Terminal Drive

Richmond VA 23250

804-226-3000

The airport is located 50 minutes from Williamsburg and is serviced by a variety of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Ground Transportation

Ground transportation is available at all three airports, including car rental companies, taxis, and limousines

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By Train

Amtrak

468 North Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

800-USA-RAIL

Direct Amtrak service from Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

How to Get Around:

Very few cars are allowed in the Historic Area from 8am – 10pm daily, so visitors must find alternate parking. In addition a shuttle bus is available.

The Williamsburg Visitors Shuttle

757-259-4111

Fee Charged

The shuttle bus operates from Memorial Day until Labor Day, from 9am -10pm.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Colonial Williamsburg
I-64 Exit 238
757-220-7645
Colonial Williamsburg is a marvel, a true recreation of the city that was the capital of Virginia from 1699 until 1780. All year round hundreds of costumed interpreters, wearing bonnets or three-cornered hats, rove and ride through the cobblestone streets.

Water Country USA
One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg VA 23187-8785
757-253-3350
A splash of amusing entertainment and a drop of fun-filled adventure add up to gallons of great times at Water Country USA. It is the largest water theme park in the mid-Atlantic region. Watch the breathtaking high-dive spectacular at the Aqua Theatre. Visit Kid’s Kingdom. -Just My Size- rides, shows and pools await kids of all ages when they visit this water wonderland. Unique features include unusual water ski boats filled with slides, waterfalls, fountains and water guns.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
One Busch Gardens Boulevard
P.O. Box 8785
Williamsburg VA 23187-8785
757-253-3350
Busch Gardens Williamsburg recreates the 17th-century charm of old world Europe. Journey through more than 30 spine-tingling rides and attractions, sparkling live shows and a wide variety of authentic foods and shops. Busch Gardens Williamsburg provides thrills and chills for the entire family. One special feature is the WILD MAUS roller coaster, this colorful and dynamic ride mimics the motion of a mouse through a maze. LAND OF THE DRAGONS is a colorful, musical adventure area designed for younger children. This unique attraction features a three-story tree house inhabited by Busch Gardens’ resident dragon -Dumphrey- and his delightful dragon friends.

Jamestown Settlement
Rte. 31 off Colonial Pkwy
757-229-1607
This is a living-history museum, with a reconstructed fort staffed by docents dressed as colonists. It also features an inhabited “Indian Village” At the pier there are reproductions of the Godspeed, the Discovery, and the Susan Constant.

Yorktown Battlefield
Colonial Pkwy
757-898-3400
The museum displays George Washington’s original field tent; dioramas, illuminated maps, and a short movie tell the story. A free range walking tour is available of the battlefield.

The Yorktown Victory Center
Rte. 238 off Colonial Pkwy
757-887-1776
Located next door to the Yorktown Battlefield, it consists of a Continental Army encampment, with tents, a covered wagon, and interpreters-costumed as soldiers. Inhabitants speak to visitors in the regional dialects of the time.

Bassett Hall
Francis Street
Williamsburg VA 23185
757-229-1000
Bassett Hall was built in 1760. This home was the Williamsburg residence of Mr and Mrs Rockefeller, Jr. from 1936 to 1979. The house is furnished with antiques and folk art from the Rockefeller’s collection.

Jamestown Festival Park
P.O. Drawer Jf
Williamsburg VA 23187
757-229-1607
Jamestown Festival Park features full-size replicas of the three ships, which arrived in 1607 with the Jamestown colonists. The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery are moored at the Festival Park pier. James Fort and an Indian village have also been reconstructed. Costumed interpreters provide information about these exhibits. A restaurant and a gift shop are located on the premises.

Carter’s Grove Plantation
Carter’s Grove Plantation was built in 1750 by Robert “King” Carter. The property was purchased and renovated in 1929 and has since been designated as the “most beautiful house in America”. The grounds contain a representation of Wolstenholme Towne, a community of the 17th century destroyed in 1622 by an Indian attack. Archeologists uncovered the site in the 1970’s. A visitor center, demonstrations, exhibits and a gift shop are available.

Busch Gardens Brewery
One Busch Gardens Boulevard
Williamsburg VA 23187
757-253-3039
While visiting Busch gardens, you can take the -Eagle One- monorail over for a brewery visit from April through November. Visitors have the opportunity to see our world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales up close in Heather Downs, the Scottish village section of Busch Gardens. While at the brewery, you may take a leisurely self-guided tour.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Colonial Williamsburg
I-64 Exit 238
757-220-7645
Colonial Williamsburg is a marvel, a true recreation of the city that was the capital of Virginia from 1699 until 1780. All year round hundreds of costumed interpreters, wearing bonnets or three-cornered hats, rove and ride through the cobblestone streets.

Water Country USA
One Busch Gardens Blvd
Williamsburg VA 23187-8785
757-253-3350
A splash of amusing entertainment and a drop of fun-filled adventure add up to gallons of great times at Water Country USA. It is the largest water theme park in the mid-Atlantic region. Watch the breathtaking high-dive spectacular at the Aqua Theatre. Visit Kid’s Kingdom. -Just My Size- rides, shows and pools await kids of all ages when they visit this water wonderland. Unique features include unusual water ski boats filled with slides, waterfalls, fountains and water guns.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
One Busch Gardens Boulevard
P.O. Box 8785
Williamsburg VA 23187-8785
757-253-3350
Busch Gardens Williamsburg recreates the 17th-century charm of old world Europe. Journey through more than 30 spine-tingling rides and attractions, sparkling live shows and a wide variety of authentic foods and shops. Busch Gardens Williamsburg provides thrills and chills for the entire family. One special feature is the WILD MAUS roller coaster, this colorful and dynamic ride mimics the motion of a mouse through a maze. LAND OF THE DRAGONS is a colorful, musical adventure area designed for younger children. This unique attraction features a three-story tree house inhabited by Busch Gardens’ resident dragon -Dumphrey- and his delightful dragon friends.

Jamestown Settlement
Rte. 31 off Colonial Pkwy
757-229-1607
This is a living-history museum, with a reconstructed fort staffed by docents dressed as colonists. It also features an inhabited “Indian Village” At the pier there are reproductions of the Godspeed, the Discovery, and the Susan Constant.

Yorktown Battlefield
Colonial Pkwy
757-898-3400
The museum displays George Washington’s original field tent; dioramas, illuminated maps, and a short movie tell the story. A free range walking tour is available of the battlefield.

The Yorktown Victory Center
Rte. 238 off Colonial Pkwy
757-887-1776
Located next door to the Yorktown Battlefield, it consists of a Continental Army encampment, with tents, a covered wagon, and interpreters-costumed as soldiers. Inhabitants speak to visitors in the regional dialects of the time.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Williamsburg Quilt Festival

Usually held the third week of February

215-862-5828

Explore an American art that has developed and grown with the nation. Williamsburg Festival Week is a compilation of four exciting quilting, fiber arts, and wearable art shows, and is the perfect place for quilters and wearable, textile and fiber artists of all levels and ages to explore these arts. These four festivals revolve around the textile arts: the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival; the Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Festival; the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Arts Fair; and the Williamsburg Quilt & Vintage Annex. In all, more than 500 quilts, wearables, dolls and textiles on exhibit; workshops, lectures and special activities offered; four Merchant Malls with more than 140 vendors.

May

Spring Native Wildflower Sale

Held in early May

Virginia Living Museum

Newport News, VA.

757-595-1900

Admission Free

More than 40 species of native perennials, grasses and shrubs are available for purchase in this joint sale by the Virginia Living Museum and Virginia Native Plants Society. All plants are nursery propagated.

Civil War Weekend

Held in late May

Yorktown National Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery

757-898-2410

Tactical demonstrations, encampments and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role Yorktown played during the Peninsula Campaign. Special Memorial Day ceremonies take place at the Yorktown Victory Center,

July

The Road to Independence: People of Vision

Held over the Fourth of July weekend

888-593-4682

Salute America during the third annual Fourth of July event, leading up to the anniversary of the momentous American victory at Yorktown. The two-day event explores the important personalities of the American Revolution. Visitors can join in military drills and learn about the sacrifices of our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Fourth of July at Colonial Williamsburg

Held on the Fourth of July

Colonial Williamsburg

800-HISTORY

A salute to the 13 Colonies, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a garden party at the Palace, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks viewing open to the public. Garden Party requires admission.

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration

Held on the Fourth of July

757-890-3500

Hours: 9am – 10pm

Admission Free

Celebrate the Fourth of July in the place where independence was won. This family-oriented event is staged in Historic Yorktown and has something for everyone, including an arts and crafts show, a classic car show, parade, children’s game area, food and beverages, musical entertainment and of course, a spectacular fireworks show over the York River.

Watermen’s Heritage Festival

Held in mid July

Watermen’s Museum

309 Water Street

Yorktown

757-887-2641

Admission Charged

The Work Boat races start with a parade of Work Boats at 12:30 pm followed by the blessing of the fleet and the races. Activities include exhibits, contests, demonstrations, crafts and artwork for sale. There are children’s activities and displays from local military bases including the Naval Weapons Station and the Coast Guard Training Base. The Yorktown Trolley runs from the parking areas in town to the Watermen’s Museum.

September

National Public Lands Day

Held in mid September

Colonial National Historical Park

Historic Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield

757-898-2410

Admission Free

A celebration of the role that publicly owned lands play in the preservation of America’s natural and cultural resources at one of the 387 areas nationwide administered by the National Park Service.

Bacon’s Rebellion Weekend

Held in mid September

Historic Jamestown

757-898-2410

Evening walking tours will relate the details of Bacon’s Rebellion as they occurred at Jamestown, including a symbolic burning of the town site. Living history programs during the weekend highlight the actions of key events of the rebellion.

October

Howl-O-Scream

Held during the entire month of October

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

800-343-7943

Admission Charged

The creeps come out at night as Howl-O-Scream returns to haunt Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Monstrous mayhem is on hand as this 17th century European-themed adventure park transforms into a “scream” park full of Halloween fun.

Spirits and Witches Brew Lunch and Tour or Candlelight Dinner Tour

Held various days throughout the month of October

Edgewood Plantation

Charles City, VA

800-296-3343

Reservations required

Edgewood Plantation has a lunch or dinner and a tour of the plantation where countless ghost stories have been written, including one about the legendary lost Civil War love of Lizzie Rowland.

An Occasion for the Arts

Held in early October

Merchants Square

757-259-1206

Admission Free

Annual juried festival of nationally acclaimed artists; performances by jazz, classical, Dixieland, acoustic, country and rock musicians; youth art and stage.

Italian Festival

Held in mid October

On the grounds of the Williamsburg Winery

757-220-5535

Admission Charged

Italian food, Virginia wines, entertainment and artisans, plus an Alfa Romeo classic car exhibit and activities for children.

Yorktown Victory Celebration

Held in mid October

Special programs also are held in Yorktown at Yorktown Battlefield, administered by Colonial National Historical Park.

Yorktown Victory Center

888-593-5682

Military life and artillery demonstrations mark the anniversary of America’s momentous victory at Yorktown. To experience Continental Army life firsthand, visitors may enroll in “A School for the Soldier,” where they can try on uniforms, march to the beat of a Revolutionary drum and join in other hands-on military activities.

Night of the Living Museum

Usually held the third week of October

Virginia Living Museum

Newport News, VA.

757-595-1900

Hours: 6pm – 9pm

Admission Charged

A family Halloween celebration returns at the Virginia Living Museum, featuring live animal shows, a night trail walk, and various creatures of the night. Hear Halloween and night animal myths dispelled and experience a haunting planetarium show filled with little known Halloween facts. This is a non-scary event for families with children ages 12 and under.

November

Berkeley Plantation First Thanksgiving Festival

Held in early November

Berkeley Plantation

Charles City, VA

888-466-6018

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Celebrate the 1619 landing of the original colonists at Berkeley Plantation; the site of the first official Thanksgiving in America, for a day dedicated to history, food and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, Thanksgiving dinner at Berkeley Coach House Tavern, walks in the colorful autumn gardens and a formal living history program.

Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

888-593-4682

Admission Charged

Explore Virginia food of the 17th and 18th centuries during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen.

December

Annual Williamsburg Area Community Christmas Parade

Held in early December

757-229-6511

Hours: 9am

Admission Free

Starts at Merchants Square.

Annual Christmas Homes Tour Presented by the Green Springs Garden Club

757-565-7844

Admission Charged

Tour private residences in or near the Historic Area that are not usually open to the public. Each location will be decorated with holiday floral arrangements.

The Grand Illumination

Colonial Williamsburg

800-HISTORY

Admission not required for viewing

Colonial Williamsburg welcomes the Christmas holiday season with candles, fireworks and music.

A Colonial Christmas

Held mid to late December

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

888-593-4682

Admission Charged

Experience 17th-and 18th-century holiday traditions. At Jamestown Settlement, a film and special guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in military encampments during the American Revolution and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s Virginia farm.