Moving to/ Relocating/ Retiring in Historic Williamsburg, Virginia.With a rare combination of historic charm, fabulous entertainment and breathtaking natural beauty, Williamsburg is unlike any other city in America. Center stage for the birth of our nation, it forms a third of Virginia’s “Historic Triangle,” one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
But while Williamsburg’s celebrated history is an enormous draw, there’s so much more. This highly accessible city is just a short drive from Virginia’s capital city in Richmond, the major U.S. port of Newport News and popular oceanfront resort Virginia Beach. It also offers exclusive accommodations, fine dining, award-winning amusement parks, and exceptional shopping and golf. More than any other area in the country, Williamsburg offers the best of yesterday and today for an experience that truly has something for everyone.
Of the many things for which Williamsburg is deservedly known, first and foremost is its rich history. The city’s story begins in 1633, when English colonists founded the settlement that was soon to be Williamsburg. The city went on to become a major political, cultural and social center throughout the colonial era. It soon became an academic center, too, with the founding of the College of William and Mary. The college, established in 1693, is one of the oldest in the country, second only to Harvard University. Williamsburg also served as Virginia’s state capital for a century, from 1699, when it was renamed in honor of William III, until Richmond was made capital in 1799.
Williamsburg’s continued relevance in the modern era was assured in 1926, when it attracted the attention of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Thanks to the billionaire philanthropist’s desire to restore and preserve the city to its colonial era appearance, Williamsburg is today a world-renowned living museum of America’s early history.
Williamsburg is highly accessible to a number of major Virginia cities. Richmond, the state’s capital and one of its largest cities, is just 50 miles and less than an hour’s drive away on I-64 West. Norfolk, a leading U.S. port and Virginia’s second-largest city, is just 55 miles and an hour’s drive away on I-64 East. Newport News is a half hour away along I-64 East, and major metropolitan area Northern Virginia is 150 miles and two and a half hours away via I-95 North.
America’s largest living history museum, with more than 300 acres of homes, stores and taverns restored to their colonial era appearance.
The site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, in 1607. Garnered worldwide attention throughout 2007 for its year-round celebration of America’s 400th anniversary.
An historic riverfront site on the York River. The scene of both the last battle of the American Revolution in October 1781 and a Civil War battle in 1862.
The most historic plantation on the James River and the birthplace of America’s ninth president, William Henry Harrison.
Sherwood Forest Plantation
Home of John Tyler, tenth president of the United States.
Southern plantation owned and operated by the eleventh generation of the Hill-Carter family, eyewitnesses to centuries of American history.
Busch Gardens Europe
A European-themed park located in the heart of Williamsburg, voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Theme Park” for 17 consecutive years.
Water Country USA
Virginia’s largest water park, located just three miles west of Busch Gardens Europe.
Opened in 1985. Maker of the popular Governor’s White and John Adlum Chardonnay, named a 2005 “Best Buy” by “Wine Enthusiast” magazine.
A beautiful waterfront development with a mile-long pedestrian river walk as well as fine shopping, dining, touring and entertainment.
The Mariners’ Museum
One of the largest and most complete maritime history museums in the world. Houses an internationally renowned collection of 35,000 artifacts.
Williamsburg enjoys a growing reputation as one of America’s premier golf destinations. The area offers more than a dozen courses designed by renowned names such as Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, Robert Trent Jones Sr., John LeFoy and Nicklaus Design Associates.
- Anheuser-Busch Kingsmill Resort, site of a major annual televised LPGA championship
- Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club
- Kiskiack Golf Club
- Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse
- Williamsburg National
The Williamsburg area has long been known as a destination for miles of high-quality, designer-name bargain shopping. Outlet malls include:
- Patriot Plaza. Highway 60 and Richmond Road in Williamsburg
- Prime Outlets. Richmond Road in Williamsburg
- The Shops at Carolina. Richmond Road in Williamsburg
- Williamsburg Outlet Mall. Richmond Road at Centerville in Lightfoot
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