Your Colonial Crossings Newsletter
Upcoming Events forThe Historic Triangle
Colonial Williamsburg’s“The Revolutionary City”
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. daily
Virginia Symphony Salon Series presents
The Grand Tour: Music from Germany andRussia.
Historic Yorktown Freight Shed,Yorktown. Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.Information at www.virginiasymphony.org
“The World of 1607” Exhibition
Jamestown Settlement9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily through April 9, 2008
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Season Opening Date March 21, 2008Colonial Williamsburg hosts a wide variety of programs featuring historic re-enactors, plays,films and concerts. Call 1-800-HISTORY andcheck the Daily Schedule upon arrival.
Late Winter 2008
Land’or InternationalExecutive Officers:
John L. Holt III, CEORonald T. Holt, COOEdmund P. Hannum III, CFOKaren Cross, Sr. Vice-Pres.Norma Dill, Sr. Vice-Pres.Winston Williamson, CEO (Nassau)David Shively, CEO (Williamsburg)Tim Sirles, Sr. Vice-Pres.Linda Ward, Vice-Pres.Lori Crume, Vice-Pres.Jim Moncrieff, Vice-Pres.Elaine Dowling, Vice-Pres.Judy Simonson, Vice-Pres.John Ruch, Publications DirectorGinny Eyler, Concierge DirectorDear Colonial Crossings Guests,Winter is passing, and the time of bare black trees against an orange sky willsoon give way to spring’s inevitable return. While many favorite HistoricTriangle attractions are priming for a new season (such as Busch GardensWilliamsburg’s March 21st opening), plenty of shopping opportunities andcultural and historic activities are currently available for our guests.This is a great time to travel a few miles west of Williamsburg along VirginiaScenic Byway Route 5 and visit an outstanding series of National Registerplantation homes that were built between the seventeenth and nineteenthcenturies. Some of Colonial Virginia’s most influential families lived inthese grand residences, with names like Harrison, Carter and Byrd. Theyoffer a fascinating glimpse into Colonial life and are well worth the shortdrive along the historic James River. The oldest of the plantations is Shirley,located the furthest west of Williamsburg. Founded in 1613, only six yearsafter the settlement at Jamestown, Shirley is still owned, lived in andoperated as a working farm by the original family. The plantation hassurvived Indian uprisings, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, when itwas spared because the Carter family treated wounded Union soldiers afterthe Battle of Malvern Hill. The present “Great House” was begun in 1723as a wedding present for Elizabeth Hill and John Carter. Today, ShirleyPlantation is the most intact 18th century estate in Virginia and features anincredible and unique flying staircase. The guided tour showcases originalfamily furnishings, silver and portraits; a major archaeological project onsiteis also revealing much of the plantation’s storied past.Just a few miles east lies Berkeley, the oldest three story brick house inVirginia. This 1726 Georgian mansion is one of the most historic homes inAmerica and can boast of significant “firsts”. The first official Thanksgivingtook place here in 1619 (well before that other celebration up north) and thesong “Taps” was composed here in 1862. Traitor Benedict Arnold raided theplantation during the Revolutionary War and burned the furniture; AbrahamLincoln reviewed 140,000 troops on the grounds during the Civil War.Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Harrison was born here, aswas ninth President William Henry Harrison . Berkeley’s hospitality wasenjoyed by the first ten U.S. Presidents and today’s visitors can enjoy thesame panoramic views of the James River and beautiful period antiques.Other plantations dot the area, including Westover Plantation which was builtby Richmond founder William Byrd II and today gives tours by appointment.North Bend Plantation is closest to Williamsburg and also offers tours byappointment. This 1819 Greek Revival home suffered the quartering of Union General Philip Sheridan’s troops during the Civil War.After a relaxing day of touring , you might want to visit one of the tavernsalong Duke of Gloucester Street and recount your day’s experiences. Theseason is always right to enjoy the treasures of the Historic Triangle!********************************** Please turn the page for a listing of more fun, family-oriented area activities.