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Connecting the state and Confederate Capital of Richmond with the colonial Capital of Williamsburg, Route 5 boasts political, architectural and social history at every bend.
A visit to Capitol Building in Richmond, designed by Thomas Jefferson, or St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry delivered his famous "Give me liberty, or give me death" speech, provides a perfect sendoff for this byway tour.
Stop by at least one of the Civil War sites within the Richmond National Battlefield Park and get a real sense of the four-year struggle between Union troops trying to capture the Capital of the Confederacy and the Confederates defending it.
Also on Route 5 is Shirley Plantation which is an 800-acre working plantation with a land grant dated 1613 and still operated by the tenth and eleventh generations of the original owners, the Hills and Carters.
The byway ends in Colonial Williamsburg where you can park your car and take a carriage ride through the town where the customs, crafts and lifestyles of the past are accurately recreated.