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Williamsburg KOA, near Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg KOA, near Williamsburg, Virginia

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

 

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I stopped in Williamsburg primarily as a respite on my way to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Of course, there’s a lot of history to see in the Richmond/Williamsburg region, and I will likely visit Colonial Williamsburg, not so much because I enjoy history through reenactment, but because half a century ago, when I was a freshman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I rode my thumb down to Silver Spring, Maryland, to visit my aunt, and she took me down to visit Williamsburg.

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Title Williamsburg KOA, near Williamsburg, Virginia
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Williamsburg, Virginia, Williamsburg KOA, Colonial Williamsburg
Author Jim Fulton
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Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/3/27
Last Revised 2018-03-28

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It was snowing gently outside my window, when I wrote this. I hadn’t seen snow since that day in early December when a few flakes as I was getting the trailer ready to leave Indiana, turned into a scary snow storm, frightening my furnace so badly that it quit in 16ºF temperatures that night. Of course not seeing snow was part of my reason for traveling through the gulf states during the deep winter. And I should be happy: my weather app tells me that when I arrived here, I was on the cusp between a severe nor-easter to the north and tornado warnings throughout Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, where I had been just weeks ago.

I stopped in Williamsburg primarily as a respite on my way to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Of course, there’s a lot of history to see in the Richmond/Williamsburg region, and I did visit Colonial Williamsburg, not so much because I enjoy history through reenactment, but because half a century ago, when I was a freshman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I rode my thumb down to Silver Spring, Maryland, to visit my aunt, and she took me down to visit Williamsburg.

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Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg was one of the earliest English settlements in America, founded in 1632, and served as the capital of Virginia from 1699-1780. (I see no point in quoting further from Wikipedia. If you really want more information, you can go there yourself.)

The Journey to Williamsburg

The trip to Williamsburg completed my journey through the vast woodland that is North Carolina, begun in Charlotte a couple weeks ago, and continued through my trips to the various museums in the “Research Triangle”. For a Kansas boy, it seemed strange: all that land and nothing but trees, nobody makin’ a nickel off it. Where I come from, land owners want land to work for them. Farmers plant right up to the gullies, and would fill them in if it weren’t for the irrigation they provide. My last trip through, I noticed that they’ve plowed over some of the hedgerows, that were planted a couple generations ago to harness the wind storms that turned that part of the country into a Dust Bowl. North Carolina has a population density of over 200 per square mile, while Kansas has less than 40, yet they have room for mile after mile of wild trees. Yet another astonishing fact about NC.

Colonial Williamsburg

Reenactment is not my favorite portal into the past. Nonetheless, I decided to take a glimpse of historic America by visiting Colonial Williamsburg. As I mentioned above, I had been there before, but nothing I saw on this trip called up ancient memories. It was as though they were two different places. And maybe they are. I'd be surprised if there haven't been major changes in that half century.

As theme parks go, I found CW a little weird. First I had to pay the expected bundle to get into CW in the first place (and another bundle for lunch and anything else I might want to buy), but to get into some of the exhibits, I had to go to other ticket offices and get more tickets. This inconvenient practice led me to skip a number of attractions that might have been worthwhile. Ah, well, I wore myself out enough with what I saw, and I took plenty of pictures.

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Williamsburg KOA

This campground is trying really hard to be the RV resort of choice for the "Historic Triangle" of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Clearly there's a prize to be won with all tourists coming in from Washington on the north and Raleigh/Durham to the west. So they have laid out an attractive park, with pretty much everything an RVer might want. They're building cabins for the RVer wannabes. They have a pools and a nice set of play areas for the kids. And they'll sell you passes to all the parks in the region. I definitely would return if I come back this way again.

So why am I lukewarm on the park? Besides their very high off-season resort pricing! Maybe they're just trying too hard. I could never find the relaxed feel of a comfortable campground.

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Address 4000 Newman Road
Williamsburg VA 23188
Home Page https://koa.com/campgrounds/williamsburg/
Phone Reserve: 800-562-1733
Info: 757-565-2907
Associations
Rate (net US$) $61
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  • Large, spacious, woodsy campground
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RV Park Reviews 7.5 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA 4.5 5
Tripadvisor 4.5 5
Phoenix 8 10
  Site Type pull-through  
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  Ease of Access 8 10
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Next Stop

After leaving Williamsburg my target destination was the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. For a variety of reasons I ended up at a KOA near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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