Virginia's Historic Triangle

Jamestown | Yorktown | Williamsburg

Virginia's Historic Triangle is full of living history and fun for the whole family.

Located in Coastal Virginia between the James and York rivers – Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg together are named the Historic Triangle for their historical significance and close proximity.

The area includes five historic sites and attractions from the first English settlement at Jamestown, to the end of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown, and the founding of a new nation at Williamsburg. Highlighted below, the sites are easy to visit along when traveling along the scenic Colonial Parkway and many offer discounted tickets and packages when you visit more than one.

Historic Triangle Highlights:




Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English Settlement in the New World. Established in 1607, visitors are invited to walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, colonists, and native peoples who discovered the land more than 400 years ago. Be a part of history through on-site excavations at James Fort where the settlers lived, worked, and struggled to survive.

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Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum adjacent to Historic Jametowne, which portrays 17th-century Virginia history and culture through film, immersive galleries, and outdoor re-creations including a Powhatan Indian village, three English ships that first arrived here, and a 1610-14 based Colonial Fort.




Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. “The Siege of Yorktown” took place here in the fall of 1781, when General Cornwallis surrendered his British Army to General George Washington and the allied American and French forces. Visit to discover what it took for the United States to gain independence from Great Britain.


Experience the Revolution through interactive exhibits, films, and outdoor living history at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, just minutes from the battlefield site. The state-of-the-art museum tells the story of our nation’s founding from the colonial period through the Constitution. The re-created Constitutional Army encampment and Revolution-era farm are a must see on your next visit.


Colonial Williamsburg

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Colonial Williamsburg is the nation's largest living history museum. The entire colonial town stays in character 24 hours a day – shop keepers, townsfolk, children at play, farm families, marching militia, tavern folks – encouraging you to immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the 18th century and have plenty of fun doing it. No wonder this is Virginia's most popular historic destination!





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