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An Old Town

Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the oldest towns in the USA. It dates from 1633, appeared first as Middle Plantation, and was named Williamsburg in 1699. It has a lot of historic sights since it has changed very little over the years. A lot of buildings are from the 18th and 19th centuries. Moreover, practically all other parts of the old town have been restored. About 400 buildings were built again by old pictures and designs. The archeologists and architects can be proud of the job done.

It is not difficult to get to Williamsburg. It is about a three-hour ride by car from Washington. Besides, there are two airports not far from the town. Within the town many streets are closed to cars. You can enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, admiring the colonial atmosphere. Lovers of sports can rent a bicycle, or just walk and have a close look at the sights.

The town used to be the capital of the State of Virginia (till 1779). Its history is connected with G. Washington, T. Jefferson, P. Henry and other famous statesmen. Nowadays, it is the largest open-air museum of the colonial period. In its shops, tourists can see people engaged in making a number of the 18th century crafts. They can buy baskets, candles, books and other souvenirs.