Take one of the many tours available in the Williamsburg area. You can see this colorful historic area by land, sky, day, night. You might even meet "otherworldly" folks when you go on a ghost tour.
Aerial views will add a new dimension to yourappreciation of historic sites. Tours include Williamsburg and Jamestown Island. Flightsoriginate at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport and cover 18 James River plantations. Toursaverage 30-50 minutes. Peninsula tours are $45 per person, while James River or HamptonRoads tours are $60. Call 253-8185.
Ghostly Tours of Historic Williamsburg
For reservations call: (757) 209-3059
Providing guided lantern tours of Historic Williamsburg, filled with historic facts of life and times in the eighteenth century. These walking tours are enriched with tales and legends of ghostly experieneces. Call for reservations or visit our website:http://staff.wm.edu/axwild. $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under.
First Baptist Church
Tours at 727 Scotland Street, Williamsburg will be conducted by appointment, Monday-Saturday. View original artifacts & hear the story of how an enslaved people created their own place of worship. Tours begin Nov. 2003. E-mail FBC1776@aol.com. Phone: (757) 229-1952.
The Original "Ghosts ofWilliamsburg" Candlelight Tours
This wonderful, fun-filled tour has been Williamsburg's No. 1 Ghost Tour 12 years in a row. For reservations, call 565-4821 or toll-free at (1-877) 62GHOST, or pick up tickets at Williamsburg Attraction Center at Prime Outlets at Williamsburg. To charge tickets by phone, call 253-1058.
Oleta Coach Lines, Inc.
Experience Historical, Musical or Sea Legends & Ghoststours while visiting the area! Tours include transportation, admission to attractions andsome include meals. Half day and all day tours are availble starting at only $22. Call253-1008 or visit us at www.oleta.com for brochures.
Presidents Park features an outdoor area with busts, measuring 18-20 feet, of each of the country's 43 United States presidents. Informational signs are places next to each president. Also featured throughout the outdoor exhibit area are 14 selected "Defining Moments" in American history. Also available is a 10,000-sq.-ft. museum building with a gift shop, cafe, classrooms, and meeting and banquet space. An evening program, "An Evening with the Presidents," can be scheduled. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children. Discounts for seniors 55 and older, military, and military children. Self-guided tours included with admission. Guided tours available for an additional $2 per person.
Yellow Brick Road Guided Tours
(757) 872-0897 or (757) 826-1940
Enjoy one of Tidewater Touring's luxury "Motorcoach Day Tours!"
Washington, DC Guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery as well as the Lincoln, F.D.R., Vietnam and Korean Memorials. Free time at Smithsonian Museums and on the Mall with photo opps. and possible surprise stops. Includes all you can eat breakfast and dinner. Return to Williamsburg 10:30-11 pm. Extensive walking!
Tall Ship & More Step aboard a 3 masted schooner for a relaxing 2-hour sail. Guided tours of Navel Base, Battleship Wisconsin and General MacArthur Memorial are complemented with lunch overlooking Chesapeake Bay. Learn all about Nautical History and Life Aboard Ship.
Jefferson's Monticello Step into the daily life of Thomas Jefferson and view his beautiful house, garden and estate grounds. Savor an all you can eat Colonial lunch at historic Michie's Tavern for tasty fried chicken, southern beets, blackeye peas, homemade biscuits & apple cider are just a sampling of what's to follow. Approximate tour time: 6:30 am-5 pm.
Berkeley Plantation is thehome of Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the ancestralhome of two U.S. presidents. It is recognized as the site of the first officialThanksgiving in 1619, and "Taps" was composed here in 1862. The handsomeGeorgian mansion dates to 1726. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 829-6018.
Chippokes Plantation in Surryis among the oldest continuously worked farms in the nation, retaining its original 1619boundaries. The grounds include dependencies of slave quarters, overseer's house, tenanthomes, and barns, showing the changing lifestyles of four centuries in rural Tidewater.Grounds are open year-round and the mansion is open weekends mid-April through Novemberfrom 1-5 p.m. Group tours can be scheduled year-round. Operated by Chippokes PlantationState Park. Call (757) 294-3625.
Edgewood Plantation, Victorianin style and decor, this Gothic home is typical of Virginia homes built in the 1870s. Theplantation features 12 large rooms with 10 fireplaces, a kitchen collection of countryprimitives and its own ghost, heard by generations of occupants. Call 829-2962 or visit www.jamesriverplantations.com
Evelynton is part of theoriginal 1619 grant of Westover Plantation and is named for one of Westover's daughters,Evelyn Byrd. It is the family home of Edmund Ruffin, who fired the first shot of the CivilWar. The Georgian Revival Manor House is part of a 2,500-acre farm still worked by theRuffin family. Evelynton is halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg on Route 5. Call 800473-5075.
Hewick, located on Route 602in Urbanna, was built in 1678 and is the ancestral home of Christopher Robinson Esq., amember of the Virginia House of Burgesses. The home is operated today as a bed &breakfast by 10th generation descendants. Tours available. Conveniently located 2 milesoff Route 17. Call 800 484-7514 (ext. 1678), or 758-4214.
North Bend, a Federal PeriodGreek Revival Style home, was built in 1819 by John Minge, a wealthy landowner, for hiswife, Sarah Harrison. She was the sister of William Henry Harrison, the ninth president ofthe United States. Call (804) 829-5176 or visit the Web site www.northbendplantation.com.
Piney Grove at Southall'sPlantation was established in the 18th century as a seat of Virginia's prominent Southallfamily. The earliest portion of Piney Grove was built ca. 1790 and is a rare survival ofearly Virginia log architecture. Self-guided gardens and grounds tours can be taken daily.The interiors of Piney Grove, Ladysmith (1857), Ashland (1835) and Duck Church (1917) arealso open for special event tours and by appointment, and historic B&B lodging isavailable. For information, call (804) 829-2480 or visit www.pineygrove.com.
Shirley Plantation, settledin 1613, is the oldest plantation in Virginia and has been the home of the Hill-Cartersfor 11 generations. Shirley has descended to each heir with family portraits, silver andfurniture. An architectural treasure is the famous staircase that rises for three storieswith no visible means of support. Shirley was the home of Ann Hill Carter, mother ofRobert E. Lee. Open daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 800 232-1613.
Westover Plantation isAmerica's premier example of Georgian architecture. It was built in 1730 by William ByrdII, diarist, colonial leader and founder of Richmond. The grounds include an expansiveview of the James River, boxwood gardens, elaborate 18th century gates made in London, andplantation dependencies. The gardens and grounds are open daily for a self-guided tour.The house is open during Garden Week. For information, call (804) 829-2882 or visit theirweb site www.jamesriverplantations.com.
MORE ON LAND
Williamsburg Brewing Company
The Williamsburg Brewing Company brings backthe colonial flavor of craft-brewed ales in a town known for its historic tradition. Beersmade the original, old-fashioned way they were meant to be. Get fresh beer to go-ingrowlers, refills, by the bottle or case. It's like the farmers' market is for freshfruits and produce-only for beer. 189-B Ewell Road, (757) 253-1577.
More than 50 acres of vineyards surround the Williamsburg Winery's 18th century-style architecture. Professionally guided tours educate visitors in the basics of the winemaking process. Tours last 45-60 minutes, which include a 10-minute video, a visit through facilities, as well as the walk through the older building and tasting. Cost is $7 per adult. Tastings available to visitors age 21 and up. The winery is open year-round, with tours available. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m, and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., April through October and Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., November through March. Tavern hours are (lunch) 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily and (dinner) 5:30-9:00 Thurs.,Fri., & Sat., April through October only. Reservations are needed for groups of 10 or more. Located on Lake Powell Road, 2 miles from Colonial Williamsburg. Call 229-0999.
Yorktown Moonlight & MysteriesTours
Climb aboard a custom coach for a mysteriousride along the Yorktown Riverfront visiting Cornwallis' Cave, the village of Yorktown, andhaunted battlefields! Then plunge deep into the rich atmosphere of 18th Century Yorktownwith a candlelit walking tour past historic homes, taverns and public buildings. Yourghostly guide will intrigue you with historic lore, legends and spooky tales of mysteriouscircumstance based on the writings of L.B. Taylor, Jr. Call 757-253-1058 for tickets.June-August, 7:00 & 8:30 pm nightly. September and October, Saturday nights Only -7:00 pm. Adults: $15; Children 4-11 years: $10; Under 4: FREE.
MORE ON THE WATER
Enjoy scenic, fun-filled adventure cruises ofHampton Roads Harbor daily, April through October, on the Miss Hampton II.View massive aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines, destroyers and support shipsat Norfolk Naval Base. Tour a Civil War island fortress (Ft. Wool), sail into the majesticChesapeake Bay, cruise alongside Ft. Monroe, view the site of the Battle of the Ironclads,see where Blackbeard's head was hung on a post & more! Also: Dinner Cruises, JamesRiver Cruises, All-Day River Adventure Cruises, Private Charters and Teen Party Cruises.Full-service snack bar on board. Reservations suggested. (757) 722-9102. www.misshamptoncruises.com.
Enjoy fun-filled water activities for theentire family aboard the 62' Venture Inn II. Catch the big one on aBay/Harbor fishing cruise or hop aboard for one of our fascinating harbor cruises. Eachtour provides a unique view of the area's bustling waterways and marine life. Our vesselis complete with a snack bar and all the creature comforts. Reservations are suggested onall trips. Located at 4330-C Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, VA. Call locally, (757) 850-8960.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times