Visiting Freedom Park and the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia
Freedom Park is a recreational park that also has a rich and storied history. It was the site of a battle called the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary in the Revolutionary War, as well as an 18th century cemetery, and prior to this is was a settlement in the 17th century, which is currently being studied by archaeologists investigating the area’s history. In the 19th century, it became on of America’s first free black settlements, and you can see three cabins from this period that have been lovingly recreated
The park can be explored on foot or by bicycle, and there are hiking trails through the forest covering around two miles as well as twenty full miles of specially made mountain bike paths. Cyclists are not allowed to use these in certain weather conditions because this can cause the trails themselves to deteriorate, so if you are planning a cycling day out in Freedom Park and you aren’t sure about the weather, you can find out if cycling is available in the park calling 757-259-4022.
In addition to the historical sites and the vast forest with its easy to explore trails, you can also check out the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens at Freedom Park. These lush gardens are carefully maintained to create a beautiful and fascinating environment with over 800 species of plant life.
Finally, there is also a visitor’s center and meeting complex called the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. This has displays of many of the archeological recoveries from the Freedom Park site, as well as maps and an interactive digital tour of the park area. It is also available to be booked for events and conferences.
The park is open daily from 7am until the sun goes down. The Freedom Park Interpretive Center is open from 10-5 on weekdays and 9-5 on weekends.