It’s a truth supported by millions of pictures tucked in scrapbooks, hanging on walls and stored in devices around the world: Colonial Williamsburg is photogenic. And the Historic Area makes a beautiful backdrop for your family photos, Facebook selfies and Instagram stories.
We’ve asked you for your favorite photo spots and the results are in! During your next visit, be sure to stop and collect reminders of your memories in these particularly photogenic opportunities.
1. The Pillory
There’s something about putting your loved ones in an ancient punishment device that really makes a great photo. Check out this classic photo op outside The Courthouse.
2. Under the Compton Oak
3. With Nation Builders
Get your picture with George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, or others who contributed to the beginnings of our nation. Just be sure to treat all our costumed interpreters with the same respect you’d use interacting with any 20th-century human. Do not touch them without their consent.
4. On the Palace Green
The long Palace Green, backed by the Governor’s Palace, makes for a dramatic background. Portraits here are a must, whether you’re with your boo, your pooch or your family.
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5. The Palace Gardens
Use your admission ticket to dip behind the Palace walls for shots among the iconic arbor trees, in the picturesque brick cutout, or by the canal.
6. With Your Favorite Sign
Let one of our signs caption your shot, whether it’s simply the Colonial Williamsburg logo as you stop at the Visitors Center, or a hand-painted sign with language that gives you.
7. In Costume
Colonial Williamsburg is transportive, but wait until you dress the part! A simple tri-corn hat or bonnet can put you in the 18th-century spirit, but if you want the full experience, check out our costume rental options.
8. By a Window in the Wythe House
It’s specific, we know. You really can’t go wrong with the window architecture in any of the big historic homes of Colonial Williamsburg. But there’s something extra contemplative about a shot by the window in the home of George Wythe, a noted thinker. Plus, with a new interpreter bringing Wythe to life, you might chance a Nation Builder encounter while securing your picture.
Your Colonial Williamsburg Admission Ticket opens the door to a world of possibilities. Use our suggested itineraries to make the most of your adventure.
Nation Builders portray real historic figures associated with 18th-century Williamsburg who made significant contributions to the American story. Meet a Nation Builder during your visit who helped shape their time, and whose legacy continues to influence and inspire American ideals.