Colonial Williamsburg is a combination of a historical landmark and a living history museum. It is an open-air assemblage of buildings populated with historical reenactors whose job it is to explain and demonstrate aspects of daily life in the past.
Exhibits include dozens of authentic or recreated colonial houses and relating to American Revolutionary War history. Prominent buildings include the Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol, The Governor’s Palace (all reconstructed), and Bruton Parish Church (original).
Rather than simply an effort to preserve antiquity, the combination of restoration and recreation of the entire colonial town attempts to recreate the atmosphere and the ideals of 18th century American revolutionary leaders. The reenactors or interpreters work, dress, and talk as they would have in colonial times.