Colonial National Historical
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, Virginia 23690
WELCOME to Colonial
The Colonial Parkway is a twenty-three mile scenic roadway
stretching from the York River at Yorktown to the James River at
Jamestown. It connects Virginia's historic triangle: Jamestown,
Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Several million travelers a year use
this route to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Virginia.
The Parkway's construction presented the National Park Service
with a unique challenge: build a thoroughfare unifying culturally
distinct sites crossing several pristine natural environments
while still maintaining the National Park Service's prime
directive "to conserve the scenery and the natural and
historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the
enjoyment of the same." Adding to the complexity of the
project was a construction period extending over twenty-six years
through the Depression, World War II, and funding shortages.
The Parkway, completed in 1957, is an NPS success story. This
three-lane roadway allows motorists to appreciate the surrounding
landscape, while reducing impact on the resources and providing
for traveler safety. The center lane is used only for passing and
the maximum Parkway speed limit is 45 miles per hour.