This place is a real treasure. An entire colonial town, restored to it's original glory and populated with people that not only dress and talk as they did in the 1770's, They are actually doing the trades and occupations of those earlier residents. The cabinet...More
The gift shop in the visitor center would be open, along with some restaurants. There is a huge difference between 4 PM and 5 PM in your scenario. If you get to the visitor center at 4 or shortly afterward you would still... More
The gift shop in the visitor center would be open, along with some restaurants. There is a huge difference between 4 PM and 5 PM in your scenario. If you get to the visitor center at 4 or shortly afterward you would still time to walk right through there as if you owned the place and stroll through the back door on the long peaceful weaving walk to Colonial Williamsburg proper. It will be low traffic at that time. Don't stop at a check in counter. Walk through. You'd eventually see a windmill on the right to verify you are on the correct route. There will be people heading in the opposite direction, in case you need to ask directions. Mostly it's following the path. Eventually you'll get there and it will be obvious. Governor's Palace will be quickly on your right for a quick look. Then you can head across Palace Green directly in front. Follow that several hundred yards to Duke of Gloucester street, where you should already hear the closing day revelry to your left not far away. Once that finishes you can relax and get a feel for Duke of Gloucester street period. The Bruton Church might be open. You'll still probably see horse carriages and characters in costume getting ready to finish the day. The only possible night activities are sporadic 7 PM offerings at the Art Museum auditorium downstairs. That's a bit of a walk but manageable. The church has midweek candlelight recitals very frequently. And you could always take a ghost tour at night. Then take a spooky walk back to the car in the visitor center parking lot. I always enjoy that. It's the reason I recommend parking there in the first place. I'm sure others will advise otherwise, given your timeline. Then you could maybe purchase a keepsake or something in the gift shop, to not feel so bad about storming the gate on the way in. If you get there closer to 5 it's dark and vague and not much of what I've posted above fully applies.