Colonial Parkway offers a variety of stunning vistas of the James, from marshy inland waterways to vast expanses of open river.
For local residents and international visitors alike, the Colonial Parkway is an important part of experiencing the beauty and the history of the James River.
The 23-mile scenic roadway, administered by the National Park Service, connects Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown, three of Virginia’s most important historic sites. The roadway was designed to fit into the landscape, unobtrusively snaking its way from site to site through forest, marshland, and along the scenic James River.
But of all the historic and cultural sites along the river, Colonial Parkway may be affected the most by Dominion’s plan to construct high-voltage transmission lines. Its grandest view of the river -- one that has gone largely unchanged since even before Captain John Smith first sailed its waters in 1607 -- would be ruined by the construction of Dominion’s transmission lines, effectively destroying the cultural heritage that generations have fought to create and protect.... Read More →
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David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.