Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area itself has enough to see and do to fill two or three days for visitors of all ages. You will want to begin with a tour led by one of CW’s experienced guides - we may arrange Chi Psi group tours - and then visit many specific sites on your own. The opportunities are too numerous to list fully here, but you can experience all of these --
The Founding Fathers are a "must see” for any CW trip. The people who portray George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, the Marquis de Lafayette and dozens of 18th century Williamsburg residents are all outstanding, and they welcome interaction with visitors. Just remember that they are talking to you in the 18th century. Of special interest to Chi Psi is Patrick Henry, portrayed by Richard Schumann, Rho 1980 (left). Richard is involved in our planning and promotional work. We look forward to programs with Mr. Henry and perhaps Mr. Henry and Mr. Jefferson together, which is a very popular CW event each time it happens.
The DeWitt Wallace Museum presents outstanding collections of 18th century items of all kinds and usually has one or two programs weekly with the curators of its collections. For the 175th, we anticipate arranging programs for Chi Psi groups with conservators and other professionals to "see how they do it.”
Golf. The Fraternity will hold a golf tournament on the Green Course of CW’s Golden Horseshoe Club on Thursday morning, August 4. Registered alumni, guests and non-delegate undergraduates will be eligible to play. Details are being developed and will be posted as soon as they are finalized. You can sign up to play using the registration page. The Green Course is one of the Club’s two 18-hole courses along with the original 9-hole course which were designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son, Rees Jones. However, the Gold Course will be closed this summer for a year-long project. Chi Psis and guests who are staying in a CW hotel can play the other two courses with reduced group rates for greens fees during the entire 175th week.
Spa. The Spa offers a luxurious few hours or a full day of services, based on 17th century to 21st century options. The Spa is located next to the Gold Course Clubhouse, so Chi Psis and our guests will only need to cross the street to begin hours of pampering and relaxation.
For the kids. During the summer months, CW has half-day and full-day camps for kids which are informative and fully supervised, thus enabling parents to explore the Historic Area on your own, play golf or enjoy the Spa for part or all of the day.
Other Area Attractions
Amusement Parks. When you want to take a break from Colonial-era history, modern amusement parks are just minutes east of CW along US Rte. 60. For a complete change of pace and scene (particularly for families with kids), Busch Gardens and Water Country are just down the road a few miles.
The Jamestowne Fort site from 1607 has been "discovered” after perhaps 200 years of conventional wisdom that the James River had eroded away the land where the fort stood. Archeological work is ongoing, and the displays of artifacts present an increasingly good picture of what the earliest settlers encountered. The site is a short drive from CW down the Colonial Parkway along the James River.
Jamestown Settlement is a short distance from CW on the Colonial Parkway before you reach the rediscovered Jamestowne Fort site. This attraction was constructed to depict life and activities of the cultures which came together in and around the first permanent English settlement in America.
The Yorktown Battlefield national park is at the other end of the Colonial Parkway from CW on the York River. With the Jamestowne Fort site now revealing the very spot where the first permanent English settlement in America was established, then CW displaying the colonial capital of Virginia where momentous events occurred leading up to the American Revolution and finally the Yorktown Battlefield where the surrender of Lord Cornwallis’ British army occurred, this truly is America’s historic triangle.
Williamsburg Distillery is building a small craft distillery in the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg Virginia. Williamsburg Distillery is a living history museum with a modern touch, creating a unique experience one could only find in Colonial times.
Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary is a culturally-rich art institution, serving as a dynamic resource for the community, a working laboratory for The College, and a platform for visiting exhibitions and the Museum’s own collection.
Sailing. For a few hours of sailing on the York River, consider the historic Yorktown schooner cruises.
Across Hampton Roads. The city of Portsmouth has a recommended children's museum and the city of Norfolk offers Naval Station Norfolk tours and Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin and the Douglas MacArthur Memorial.