On November 16, 2011, the new Freedom Park Interpretive Center was officially opened, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion. The Interpretive Center features exhibits of historic artifacts recovered during the construction of the park as well as an interactive kiosk that provides visitors a visual tour of the park, its amenities, wildlife and history. The Center includes a meeting room, an indoor wood-burning fireplace, and outdoor access to bathroom facilities when the Interpretive Center is closed. WI-FI connectivity is also available.
Freedom Park is a 600-acre forested retreat adjacent to the Liberty Ridge community. This beautiful James City County park is rich in history – dating back to the 1650’s. It is the site of an 18th century cemetery, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary in 1781, a 17th century domicile, and the site of one of the nation’s earliest Free Black Settlements, which includes three historically-accurate recreated cabins which are furnished with items authentic to the period, 1803-1850.
Freedom park also features an “Ellipse Garden” with more than 800 species of native vegetation, approximately two miles of hiking trails, and more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails winding through historical sites, forests and along creeks, and open meadows. The bike trails are designed, built and maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association. The garden is developed and maintained by Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
Interpretive Center Hours:
Monday- Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5 pm