It seems that you cannot swing a stick in the greater Williamsburg area without hitting something historic. The aptly named Freedom Park in James City County was one park we visited shortly after moving here about 3 years ago. We were new to the area and had no idea where Freedom Park derived its name. As we explored we discovered that there was once a free black settlement on the property.
Again, since we were new to the area we had no idea how old Freedom Park was or the story behind its origins. As I did some searching I discovered this article from 2005 about the archeological exploration of the area.
Today Freedom Park has recreated three buildings and has interpretive markers to explain the settlement. Freedom Park is a great example of two things, that history is everywhere and sometimes it takes some searching to find it. It is also a topic / place that I would like to explore a little better as time allows. Look for more pictures / updates in the future.
Freedom Parks’ Website is: http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation/parks/freedom-park.html