Jamestown Glasshouse

#5 in Best Things To Do in Williamsburg
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1355 Colonial Parkway

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Shopping, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

According to the National Park Service, "one of the first English attempts at industrialization and manufacturing in America was glassblowing." This replica of a colonial glasshouse allows visitors to get a feel for how artisans produced glass centuries ago. The original structure was built in 1608, when settlers first arrived at the colony. Travelers can get a close look at what's left of the original furnaces and see modern-day glassblowers create everything from candleholders and vases to wine bottles and other useful glass products. What's more, visitors can purchase some glass goods at the on-site gift shop.

Recent visitors were impressed with the glasshouse and said they enjoyed watching the glassblowing demonstrations. Many said the glassblowers were eager to share their knowledge of the craft and explain the process. Travelers also said you should bring some extra cash as you'll probably want to purchase something from the gift shop.

Located in Jamestown, about 6 miles southeast of Williamsburg, the glasshouse is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access is covered by the $14 entry fee to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

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According to many, this site is like a Disney theme park for history fanatics. Plus, Colonial Williamsburg's appeal isn't just for kids but also for anyone who feels young at heart. Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg will be greeted with townspeople, shopkeepers, politicians, slaves and more who called the Revolutionary City home. More than 20 guided and self-guided tours are available on a daily basis, including ghost walks, garden tours, city itineraries and carriage rides. Travelers can also shop authentic wares and sample 18th-century-inspired meals.

Recent visitors praised Colonial Williamsburg, saying it offered an expertly recreated step back in time and helped them understand more about this period and our nation's history. This history-themed park also earns kudos for employing knowledgeable guides and maintaining pristine facilities throughout. However, travelers warn that the ticket prices to access Colonial Williamsburg are on the steep side.

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