Virginia Plantation, Settlement, and Battlefield Tour + ADD NEW ROUTE
17 in Virginia Virginia46 Miles
on April 15, 1998
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An online interactive map to Richmond Virginia is available through MapQuest and will help you locate the starting point (or general vicinity) of this scenic drive. Look for the star in the middle of the map. The directions to and through this route are pretty straight forward: We recommend starting the route in Richmond VA. - Simply take state road 5 (also New Market Road) out of the southeast corner of Richmond. A very easy way to find this road is by taking I-295 to exit 22. From there you can either head into Richmond if you want to checkout some of that city's stuff or take this road southeast towards Charles City and on to Williamsburg. - During the course of the route the road changes names to the John Tyler Memorial Highway. Eventually you will get off of Rte. 5 and on to Rte 614 (going south) to make your way to Jamestown. There are different routes to get to Jamestown so your best bet would be to watch for the signs leading you to Jamestown. - After you leave Jamestown look for the signs directing you to the Colonial National Historical Parkway heading north to Williamsburg. Williamsburg has a lot to offer so plan on spending some time there. - From here you will just continue on to Yorktown on the Colonial Parkway ... enjoy the ride!
If you enjoy seeing and experiencing American History, this route is unbeatable. You could spend a week's vacation taking all of it in.The route follows along the James River and through it's green lush valley. The area is loaded with thick woods and huge trees. You'll get to see both large and powerful James and York Rivers. The area is most beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.
The roads along this route are nicely kept up and can have some nice turns to them. However, they can be crowded at times, depending on the level of activity at some of the tourist attractions.
The off-bike-amenities on this route specialize in historical sites and attractions. I've described the highlights of the route as you travel from Richmond to Yorktown:
The city of Richmond is loaded with history due to its one time status as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Today, the city has an interesting mix of old and new buildings and plenty of off-bike amenities to take advantage of. If your into museums, check out the following Richmond museums: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of the Confederacy, and the Edger Allan Poe Museum.
The highlights of this route are the plantations. Checkout the official James River Plantation website for more information.
If you don't mind driving on a dirt road, you can see the Shirley Plantation by taking the Shirley Plantation Road. It starts out paved but ends up as a dirt road. This historical plantation was established ONLY 6 YEARS AFTER the first permanent English Colony (approx 1607).
The next plantation along the route is birthplace of President William Henry Harrison and is known as Berkeley.
The next plantation is called Westover and is a classic Georgian-style home constructed by the founder of the city of Richmond, William Byrd II. The grounds and garden are open year round, yet the home is only open during what they call Garden Week (in April, call (804) 829-2882 for details).
The Evelynton plantation is full of history, as it was the home of the son of the man who fired the first shot of the civil war (Edmund Ruffin Sr.) and was the site of some civil war battles. Late into the war, Union soldiers, out for revenge, burned the original home down to the ground. The family built a Georgian Revival mansion in its place.
The Sherwood Forest plantation was the home of the first vice president to become president - John Tyler. The homes grounds cover 25 acres of lawns and gardens.
A must stop if your into history or tourist activities is the Jamestown Island. On it is a major historical and tourism center due to its history as the location of the first English settlement in America.
The city of Williamsburg is a major tourist center in this area. Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg will get to walk the streets of an outstanding recreation of an 18th century capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is the country's largest living museum. Also, Williamsburg is the home of one of the nationally famous Busch Gardens. The last stop on this tour is Yorktown. This was the site of one of the most crucial battles in the entire Revolutionary War. Here George Washington forced the surrender of a major British Army and guaranteed America's overall victory. You will find many historical attractions in this area.
- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Virginia Historical Society - Virginia Civil War Battlefields - Richmond History - Richmond Civil War History - Jamestown History - Williamsburg Vacation Guide
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