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Freedom Park

5537 Centerville Rd  
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Walking the Hot Water TractFreedom Park has a rich historical background dating back to the 1650's.  This park is the site of an 18th century cemetery, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary (1781), and a 17th century domicile that is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730).

The Department continues to work diligently to preserve one of the nation's earliest Free Black Settlements in America, which include three historically accurate recreated cabins that are located in a meadow and are furnished with items authentic to the period (1803-1850).

Mountain Biker
This 600-acre forested retreat also features approximately two miles of multiuse trails, including a one mile ADA accessible paved trail, and more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails winding through historical sites, forests and along creeks, open meadows, and parking.  The bike trails were designed and built and are maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association.  Trails are closed to bikes during inclement weather to prevent trail degradation. Riders are encouraged to call 757-259-4022 to check trails status. The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is also located at Freedom Park. Members of the Garden developed and maintain the area which features more than 800 species of native vegetation. The park also features a newly built playground, picnic shelters, and additional parking.

Freedome Park Intrepretive CenterThe Freedom Park Interpretive Center features exhibits of 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 and kitchen, an indoor and outdoor wood-burning fireplace, a raised brick patio and outdoor access to restroom facilities when the Interpretive Center is closed. The park offers WI-FI connectivity, and games are available for checkout. For regular updates on Freedom Park, see the monthly newsletter "Freedom Now." To subscribe to the newsletter, contact Alister Perkinson, Park Coordinator.

Park Hours

Playground photo
The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.


Interpretive Center Hours


Monday- Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Saturday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday,9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rent a Space at Freedom Park!

Host your next event at Freedom Park! The Park features an indoor meeting room, an outdoor patio and a picnic shelter that can accommodate a variety of business, family and personal occasions!


Meeting Room


The Freedom Park Interpretive Center features a meeting room with a wood-burning fireplace and an adjourning kitchen. Room capacity lecture style is 50; with chairs and tables the capacity is 36. WI-FI connectivity is available.


Rental Hours 

Monday–Friday  - 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.*
Saturday-Sunday - 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.*


Rental Fees

$50/hour for the first three hours
$25/hour for fourth and each subsequent hour
$15/hour for each staff member from 5 - 11 p.m.*

*Staffing requirements and fees are determined by the Facility Administrator, depending on the size of the event.


A 25 percent discount is available for James City County or Williamsburg nonprofit organizations that meet criteria set forth in the James City County Parks and Recreation Indoor Facility Use Policy.


Interpretive Center Lobby


The Freedom Park Interpretive Center lobby can be used for extra space during large meeting room reservations after hours. The lobby area can be used for food tables or displays; however, all seating should remain in the meeting room. The lobby area adds an additional 50 people to the room capacity.

Rental Hours

Monday - Sunday            5 – 11 p.m.*
* Available to rent in conjunction with meeting room during after-hours events


Rental Fees

$50/hour for the first three hours
$25/hour for fourth and each subsequent hour



The Freedom Park patio is a 30’ x 40’ raised brick patio located behind the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The patio includes a grilling area, picnic tables, an outdoor wood-burning fireplace and access to the outdoor restrooms. The maximum capacity of the patio is 75 people. The patio is available on a first come-first serve basis, and is set-up with picnic tables. The patio can be reserved for a fee during normal Interpretive Center operating hours, and can be reserved after operating hours in conjunction with a meeting room reservation. Set-up of tents, tables, chairs or any other equipment is not included in the patio rental and will require a Parks Use Permit. Indoor furniture from the Interpretive Center cannot be used on the outdoor patio.


Rental Hours

Monday – Friday              10 a.m. – 11 p.m.*
Saturday – Sunday            9 a.m. – 11 p.m.*

*The patio can only be reserved after sunset in conjunction with a meeting room reservation


Rental Fees - $15/hour


Picnic Shelter

The Freedom Park picnic shelter features eight picnic tables, a grill and is located next to the playground. The maximum capacity of the shelter is 50 people. The shelter is available for rent from March 1 to Oct. 31. The reservation times are 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-8 p.m. or all day 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Reservations are accepted online, by mail and walk-in. Set-up of tents, tables, chairs or any other equipment is not included in the shelter rental and will require a Parks Use Permit.


Rental Fees

James City County/Williamsburg Resident:

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 3-8 p.m.: $50
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: $75


9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 3-8 p.m.: $75
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: $100


To Reserve a Space

To reserve the meeting room or patio, please complete a Facility Request Form. To reserve the picnic shelter, please fill out the Shelter Reservation Form. Forms are available online at, under “Rent A Space” and can also be picked up and dropped off at all payment locations:

  • Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Rd.
  • James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd.
  • Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trl.
  • JCC Satellite Services Office, 3127 Forge Rd. in Toano



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