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touring the buildings in colonial williamsburg

Hi again! I was wondering if you tour the ticketed buildings in CW if there is a tour guide or if you self tour? If a guide...so many people at a time and you wait in a line? I am trying to get a feel for how much I can reasonable get done in a day....As always..THANKS for your help!

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1. Re: touring the buildings in colonial williamsburg

You will be escorted by a costumed interpreter for such buildings as the Wythe House, the Randolph House, the Capitol, the Palace, and the taverns. Once inside you will be given an overview of the building, its occupants, what happened there, etc. The wait is usually not long, perhaps 15 minutes...depends on how long the line is. While inside you will be given time to look around and/or ask questions. For the trade sites such as the peruke maker, the milliner, the shoemaker, the book binder, the blacksmith, you simply walk into the building. The workers there answer your questions as they continue their trade. Make sure you get to as many of these sites as you can since they are quite interesting and have many stories to tell. Take part in a Courthouse activity...these are scheduled every 30 minutes or so...volunteer to be a part of the trial or events of the day. You will be surprised how many of the places you can visit in one day. Use the town map enclosed in the guide to help you organize your stops.

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There are tours through the major buildings: Palace, Capitol, Randolph House, etc. but like RTQ said, trade shops and some smaller sites , you can walk in and observe and ask your own questions. And, yes, there can be lines during the summer. If you only have one day at CW, it is imperative to arrive by 9 a.m. and pick up a brochure that recommends the highlights for short term visitors (CW takes at least 3 days to see, so one day requires selectivity). The recommended sites are, of course, the Palace (1 hr), Capitol(40 min.) and Randolph House (45 min), Courthouse (Order in the Court 30 min.), at least two tradeshops of your choosing (20 min. each) and the Museums (1+ hr.) You will not have time for orientation walks or Story of a Patriot on a one day visit. Revolutionary City is a must-see two hour program, not to mention a full 8 hrs. worth of programming that is presented daily. It is not unreasonable to expect to accomplish all this in one day, but highly inlikely when you consider time out for lunch, restroom breaks, etc. Shopping can be done after the historic buildings close. Hope this helps you plan your time.

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We got a lot accomplished with a one day's ticket. We started early and this time we did not go to the Governors Palace as we had been the last time. There is a wait for the Governors Palace so if you intend to go to this try to go very early in the day when CW first opens. A good suggestion to get the map with the recommended sites to visit for one day. This is a useful map to have. We enjoyed wandering around popping into the trade sites. We especially enjoyed the weaver, bookbinder, wig maker, wheel maker, brickyard, carpenter. All are good. Check off what you've visited on the map so you can keep track of sites to come back to. Remember the two museums are open until 7 PM so you can visit these at the end of the day. THis is what we did after CW closed at 5PM. We did the escorted tours of Randolph House and Wetherburn's Tavern. Both were excellent.

Ideally having more time is better to see the sites but sometimes you have to go with the flow. We picked a list of 'must see sites' tried to do these first and then see what we could get done. You can always come back again and visit the sites you didn't see the first time!

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4. Re: touring the buildings in colonial williamsburg

I'm not sure if you have gone on your trip or not, but this just occurred to me. When we stayed at the Woodlands two years ago, we got reserved times at the Palace and the Capitol...I would check into this and see if this perk is still available if you are staying at a CW hotel.

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