• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Kingsmill Resort has been Sold ! Williamsburg VA

Kingsmill Williamsburg VAA resort management firm owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz has reached a deal to purchase Kingsmill Resort & Spa, Busch Properties Inc. announced Monday.

The sale, expected to close by next month, adds the prominent Williamsburg-area golf resort to Anschutz’s sprawling portfolio, which ranges from Regal Cinemas to the Los Angeles Lakers. Anschutz is the world’s 123rd-richest person with an estimated $6 billion of wealth, according to Forbes’ latest listing of the world’s billionaires.

With a fortune built on energy, he later invested in transportation, telecommunications, real estate, entertainment and sports.

027289AAside from a minority stake in the Lakers, he has become the patron of U.S. professional soccer, helping co-found Major League Soccer, owning at least two MLS teams and bringing English star David Beckham to play for his Los Angeles Galaxy. He also owns the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings.

Through Anschutz Entertainment Group, he also owns venues where these teams and others play, including the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AEG also is a live concert promoter and backed Michael Jackson’s stillborn comeback.

In 2008, his Denver-based holding company, the Anschutz Company, bought Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc., which is primarily known for operating concessions in national parks such as the Grand Canyon.

Xanterra is now acquiring Kingsmill.

kingsmill18tholerivercourseKingsmill is among the non-core assets that Belgian brewer InBev announced it planned to sell after purchasing Anheuser-Busch in 2008. Busch Properties had been marketing the resort since September.

In October, the company sold Busch Entertainment Corp. and its 10 amusement parks, including Busch Gardens and Water Country USA near Williamsburg. The theme park company was purchased by private equity firm Blackstone Group for $2.7 billion in a deal announced in October.

"Our goal has been to find a buyer that will enhance the long-term value of the resort and maintain the Kingsmill assets as a premier resort property," Michael Taylor, president of Busch Properties, said in a news release. "Xanterra is widely recognized as an industry leader in park and resort hospitality, and we look forward to the company continuing the long-kingsmil lsports clubstanding commitment to quality, service and stewardship that distinguishes Kingsmill."

InBev plans to keep Anheuser-Busch’s 12 breweries, including one in Williamsburg. That location employs about 870 people and, according to the company website, produces 297.6 million gallons of beer and malt liquor a year.

 

Xanterra is the largest concessioner with the National Park Service and a leader in the hospitality industry, managing resorts, lodges, restaurants, gift shops, tours and activities in national parks, state parks and destination resorts.  The company also is a leader in environmental stewardship, and its programs and accomplishments have resulted in numerous prestigious awards from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, American Hotel & Motel Association and many other governmental agencies, tourism entities and environmental organizations.

kingsmill_resort"Since first announcing our intent to sell Kingsmill, our goal has been to find a buyer that will enhance the long-term value of the resort and maintain the Kingsmill assets as a premier resort property," said Michael Taylor, president of Busch Properties, Inc.  "After a lengthy and thorough search process, I am pleased to announce we have far exceeded those expectations in a buyer that is the perfect fit for this exceptional property.  Xanterra is widely recognized as an industry leader in park and resort hospitality, and we look forward to the company continuing the longstanding commitment to quality, service and stewardship that distinguishes Kingsmill."

When the sale is final, Xanterra will have bought a 422-room resort, six restaurants, a 16,991-square-foot conference center, a full-service spa and fitness center, marina and 15 tennis courts. Also part of the deal are the resort’s best known features — its three championship golf courses.

The golf courses have hosted 29 PGA and LPGA tour events, and until 2009 hosted the Michelob Championship women’s golf tournament. The $330,000 tournament ended its 22-season run when Anheuser-Busch pulled its sponsorship in September 2009.

The Kingsmill Resort golf courses have been recognized repeatedly by top golf publications and other entities, with the River Course, being named one of the "Top 10 Golf Courses in Virginia."  The Plantation Course was named one of the "Top 10 Best Courses for Women" by Golf for Women Magazine, and the Woods Course was named one of "America’s Best Resort Courses."

"Kingsmill is one of the country’s premier resorts, and we are very excited to acquire such a high-caliber resort that complements our existing portfolio of properties and is consistent with the expansion of our company," said Andrew Todd, Xanterra president and CEO.  "We greatly respect Busch Properties’ longstanding commitment of excellence to the resort and the surrounding community, and we will build on that tradition. We place great value in the employees, condominium owners, members and the resort’s other tremendous assets and look forward to being part of this prestigious property."

"Our evaluation of the resort began with the hiring of commercial real estate broker CB Richard Ellis last September to explore a potential sale, and as we reach the culmination of this process we are very excited about the future of the resort and the community," Taylor said.

Busch will still manage the development and realty operations of the residential area. At a Board of Directors meeting last month, Kingsmill Community Services Association President Robin Carson announced Busch planned to end its management as of Dec. 31

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Kingsmill Resort Sale Imminent…..

kingsmill williamsburg virginia A highly placed source has told the Virginia Gazette that the sale of Kingsmill Resort is expected to be completed by the end of next month.
The buyer remains a mystery. Kingsmill general manager Robin Carson did not return a reporter’s inquiry seeking confirmation. A spokesman sent a statement attributed to Busch Properties president Michael Taylor declining to “discuss rumor or speculation with regard to such transactions.” 
A new potential suitor has emerged: Blackstone Group, which last year bought Busch Entertainment.
In April, other sources identified four potential buyers as a bid deadline passed. They were topped by the giant homebuilder Toll Brothers. Some people anticipated an announcement last month at a KCSA ( Kingsmill Community Services Association) meeting. Carson has been hinting at parcel gatherings that a sale is near.

UPDATE:  June 18, 2010
Doug Henkel, an executive vice president with CB Richard Ellis, confirmed that Kingsmill is "under a letter of intent," meaning a buyer has made an offer. Hinkle would not say how much was offered or who or what company had made it, citing a policy of not commenting on pending sales.

Read more about this story on the VA Gazette website

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Help, Do you want to lease your Kingsmill home ?

I thought I would try something out of the box. While I specialize in listing and selling homes in the Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA areas, I receive numerous rental inquiries. My normal process is to point them in the right direction, i.e. Property Managers, Craigslist, VA Gazette,owners, etc.

Kingsmill ,williamsburg vaThis time, however, I am going that extra mile.  Have you ever felt like an area was the perfect fit for you and your family?  Maybe you felt this when you first moved to Kingsmill. The family I am trying to help is feeling that way.  The husband is already here working for a law firm in Newport News. They currently live in Texas and want to experience Williamsburg for a year before committing to purchasing a home.  Moving is stressful and change can be difficult for a family.  They hope that Williamsburg will be welcoming, that they can make new friends and feel good about the schools and the community.  We all know that Williamsburg is a great town to call home, so I am confident they will be happy once they settle in here.  Finding a place to rent should be an easy task except that it’s winter ( most homes rent summer to summer ).  The only community the wife will consider is Kingsmill and they are seeking a 4000 square foot home.

So to that end, do you or any of your neighbors have a home in Kingsmill that fits the bill ? If you do, please contact John@MrWilliamsburg.com .It would certainly end a stressful time for this family.

p.s. If they like Williamsburg and your home, they will most likely want to buy it after a year. They have no pets and two boys 7&9.  No other community will work.  They fell in love with Kingsmill while they were visiting friends and who can blame them?

Kingsmill Resort is officially up for sale

027289A On Monday the residents of  Kingsmill in Williamsburg, VA  learned that Busch Properties, Inc. has hired  commercial real estate broker  (CB Richard Ellis ,CBRE),  to explore options to sell the resort and spa.

Kingsmill Resort and Spa Executive Vice President Robin Carson wrote in an e-mail to Kingsmill Club members that Busch has hired CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), the largest commercial real estate broker in the U.S. The e-mail states CBRE is “a widely recognized leader in global real estate consulting.” CBRE’s Golf & Resort and Hospitality teams have been retained by Busch to provide sales transaction and assessment services, market the property and represent Kingsmill in negotiations, Carson wrote.

The sale includes almost all the resort’s operational assets. The conference center, three championship golf courses and the Bray Links, six restaurants, the spa and fitness center, the marina, 15 owned condominiums and management facilities of the resort property.What it excludes are the two dozen residential neighborhoods that formed the nucleus of greater Williamsburg’s first planned community.

Busch hopes to find a buyer who will enhance the resort’s long-term value and maintain Kingsmill’s assets. A timeline for the sale does not exist, and there is no guarantee a transaction will happen.

The broker CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) already handles dozens of properties in Hampton Roads.  

"We’re completing our underwriting now and should be out in the market within 45 days," said Doug Henkel with CBRE-Norfolk.    

"We’re very excited about this unique opportunity and think that Kingsmill will attract a lot of interest from the investment community," added Jeff Woolson with CBRE-San Diego.   

CBRE is currently marketing the following Golf properties:

The Bay Course at Kapalua Resort
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii ,Resort Golf Course, Resort Tennis Facility

Big Island Country Club
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Semi-Private Golf Club, Developable Land

Blackhawk Golf Club
Austin, Texas, Daily Fee Golf Course

The Golf Club at Castle Hills
Lewisville, Texas, Daily Fee Golf Course

Cathedral Canyon Golf & Tennis Club
Cathedral City, California, Daily Fee Golf Course, (27 Holes)

The Crosby
Rancho Santa Fe, California, Private Country Club, Developable Land

The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe
Windermere, Florida, Private Country Club

Grizzly Ranch
Portola, California, Semi-Private Golf Club, Developable Land

Hammock Creek Golf Club
Palm City, Florida, Semi-Private Golf Club

Mt. Woodson Golf Club
Ramona, California, Daily Fee Golf Course

Packsaddle Country Club
Kingsland, Texas, Daily Fee Golf Course, Developable Land

A copy of the letter sent to Kingmill Home Owners

September 28, 2009  

Dear Kingsmill Condominium Owner:

I am writing to share information about our long-term plan regarding the Kingsmill Resort & Spa.  Busch Properties, Inc., has hired commercial real estate broker CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) to explore options for a potential sale of the resort.

CBRE is the largest commercial real estate broker in the United States and a widely recognized leader in global real estate consulting.  The combination of their Golf & Resort and Hospitality teams have been retained to provide sales transaction and assessment services, market the property and represent Kingsmill in negotiations with potential buyers. 

As you know, Kingsmill is a world-class resort property renowned for its natural beauty, first-class facilities and unparalleled service.  We know each of you is interested in any transactions involving the property, and Kingsmill is confident CBRE’s expertise is unmatched in the industry in handling properties of this caliber.

We have just begun this process, but our intention is to sell the property if appropriate terms can be met. Our goal in this process is to find a buyer who will enhance long-term value and maintain the Kingsmill assets in accordance with a premier resort property while also recognizing the crucial role our employees play in making this resort so exceptional. 

The decision comes shortly after Michelob ULTRA announced it would not renew the Michelob ULTRA Open in 2010 to bring its LPGA strategy in line with its overall golf strategy.  Each of these decisions was made independently and both were difficult.

There is no set timeline by which a transaction must occur, or if one will be completed at all.  Any transaction will be highly dependent on the specific details about the long-term operation of the property.  We will communicate with you further when we have more definitive information to share.

Sincerely,

Robin Carson

Executive Vice President

Kingsmill’s LPGA tournament will not return

Associated Press 09/21/09 2:15 PM

kingsmill entrance_edited The LPGA Tour has lost one of its marquee events.

Anheuser-Busch announced Monday that it is not renewing its sponsorship of the popular Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill after seven years.

Anheuser-Busch vice president Dan McHugh said that the company has decided to spread its sponsorships over a wider range of professional golf events. He says it will continue working with the LPGA.

"We’re looking to give sort of a little bit more national scope," McHugh said. He said after a lengthy analysis after the May event here, the company wants to "create a footprint in more tournaments."

The LPGA has lost at least seven tournaments since 2007.

McHugh said Monday’s announcement will mean a Michelob presence at more events, and a continuing support of the LPGA Tour. McHugh added that the support would be with hospitality opportunities rather than a major sponsorship.

Anheuser-Busch owns the Kingsmill Resort and Spa, where the PGA Tour made a stop for 22 years before the LPGA took over seven years ago. McHugh said the decision-making process included considering the higher costs of being the owner and operator of a tournament.

Michelob Ultra also hopes to continue as the official beer of the tour, he said.

The news is expected to be taken especially hard by the players on the tour, who voted the event their favorite in 2007. Fans voted it their favorite event in 2008, said Eric Albrecht, vice president of marketing for the tour. He attended the press conference.

The players were notified of the news early Monday, Albrecht said.

"I think it’s a little bit the realities of the sports sponsorship landscape," he said, adding that the tour has "close to" 20 events confirmed for 2010. He said the tour is in discussions with nine other events and working with several potentially new event partners.

"As we move closer and closer to the 2010 schedule, we’re feeling better and better about that schedule," Albrecht said. "We feel good where was are in September. We’re optimistic but we’re also realistic knowing that our 2010 schedule may not be what it was a couple of years ago."

In 2007, the LPGA had 34 events on its schedule. It had just 27 this year, lost all three of its events in Hawaii, longtime sponsor Corning after 31 years and several others.

It has been a particularly difficult year for the women’s tour. A group of prominent players wrote a letter in July asking for the resignation of tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens after four years, saying the tour’s woes could not all be blamed on a weakened economy.

Bivens resigned the following week, and was replaced on an interim basis by Marsha Evans, a retired rear admiral in the Navy who also has led the American Red Cross and Girl Scouts of the USA. The tour has said it hopes to find a permanent replacement for Bivens by year’s end.

Albrecht said since the change the news has been encouraging, including the announcement last week that Rolex will sponsor this year’s final event, the LPGA Tour Championship.

The U.S. victory in the Solheim Cup against a team of European players drew positive attention to the tour, he said, and may help the tour land new sponsors.

"We’ve had a lot of companies begin to talk to us just since the Solheim Cup," he said.

For Kingsmill, which drew raves from players for the corps of 1,500 volunteers that made the week of tournament activities run so smoothly, it might not be the end of professional golf in Virginia, said Wayne Noe, the tournament director of the Michelob Ultra Open.

"Kingsmill will and has had some dialogue with the LPGA and would like to have further discussion about any opportunities for us moving forward," Noe said. "If there are opportunities that arise in the future, we’d like to be part of those discussions."

McHugh said the decision not to go forward was not finalized until last week, but if a sponsor arose willing to bring the LPGA back, the company would be "very receptive" to it.

Hinckley to have longer visits to Kingsmill

Presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to obtain a D.C. driver’s license and spend more time at his mother’s home in Kingsmill in Williamsburg Virginia under a ruling yesterday by a federal judge.

The decision is the latest in recent years expanding privileges for Hinckley, who has been held at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in D.C.  since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting of President Ronald Reagan, his press secretary and two law enforcement officers. The psychiatric hospital is seeking to gradually increase Hinckley’s freedom so that doctors can evaluate whether he is nearing the point where he can be released and live independently with his mother in Williamsburg VA.

Friedman’s ruling was not a complete victory for Hinckley, however.

The judge refused to allow Hinckley to perform unsupervised volunteer work in the District, a hospital request opposed by prosecutors. In the District, Hinckley must remain supervised by a hospital staffer at all times.

Under yesterday’s ruling, Hinckley will be required to carry a GPS-enabled cell-phone so authorities and doctors can ensure that he is following his release restrictions.

The judge also ruled that Hinckley would not be granted more social privileges unless he successfully completes volunteer work during three straight visits to Williamsburg. The expanded privileges include increasing the amount of unaccompanied time in his mother’s subdivision and more free time for recreation and other activities.

Michelob ULTRA Open @ Kingsmill

20090210204338414963000000-o The  LPGA‘s Michelob Ultra Open,  will be held May 4-10 at Kingsmill on the James in Williamsburg, VA.

The event which was the top LPGA event of the 2008 season, was won last year by Annika Sorenstam. This year’s edition offers more than  $2,200,000.00 million in prize money and a winner’s check of $330,000. With one of the highest purses of all tournaments on the LPGA Tour it always attracts a very competitive field.

The Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill is an annual golf tournament, originating in 2003, for professional female golfers which takes place every May on the LPGA Tour. The final round is traditionally played on Mother’s Day

It is a 4-day, 72-hole tournament is played on the 6,306 yard River Course at Kingsmill.

Find out more about the event here: http://www.michelobultraopen.com/

Read about Kingsmill Real Estate here : https://williamsburgsrealestate.com/2009/02/23/williamsburg-va-real-estate-kingsmill/
 
Both Golf World and Travel + Leisure GOLF magazine awarded Kingsmill Resort & Spa top honors for having some of the best golf courses and golfing opportunities in the country.  This recognition comes just days after GOLF Magazine honored Kingsmill as one of the country’s top 25 golf schools.  Golf World’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards placed Kingsmill among the top 10 Resort Courses in the country.  The recognition was based on criteria ranging from the quality of the courses to the accommodations and practice facilities.  “We’re honored by the survey results, and we think it proves Kingsmill is a golfer’s paradise,” said Wayne Nooe, vice president of golf operations at the resort. 

Kingmill Neighborhood Spotlight Williamsburg VA

kingsmillentrance1 Located near historic Colonial Williamsburg, on the banks of the James River, Kingsmill on the James is one of Williamsburg Va’s original master planned golf communities. Set on 2,900 acres, Kingsmill offers a variety of exclusive neighborhoods set against a backdrop of green hills and forests.

Kingsmill Resort & Spa is Virginia’s largest golf resort, boasting 63 holes of   world-class golf on 2,900 acres along the historic James River. The Kingsmill community  offers it’s residents a gated community with 24 hour security, tennis, a full-service marina, six restaurants and lounges, outdoor pools, tennis, playgrounds,walking trails and much more


Golf:      
Consistently ranked among the best by the nation’s foremost golf publications, Kingsmill’s immaculate courses define the resort as the region’s premier golf destination. Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Curtis Strange, Tom Clark. An incredible group of legendary course designers have all brought their considerable skills to bear to create the three layouts that constitute the Kingsmill golf experience.

The three Golf courses in Kingsmill are: the River Course, the Plantation Course and the Woods course. The 6,853-yard , par-71 Pete Dye-designed River Course has hosted the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. The terrain flaunts hills, elevated greens, thick woods and water all around.

Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay’s 6,543-yard Plantation layout is more wide open  and less demanding of pinpoint accuracy
than its sibling. It has water coming into play on eight holes. It is marked by historical landmarks from a 1736 plantation.

Curtis Strange, the Kingsmill Touring PGA Pro, designed the Woods Course, Kingsmill’s newest addition. It has been honored by Golf Magazine as a “Top Ten New Course You Can Play. “Its deep ravines, fairway bunkers and elevated greens offer a challenge.

Finally, there is a nine-hole Bray Links course directly behind the resort.

 Dining: Six restaurants on site ranging from resort fine dining to casual family fare

Tennis: The Kingsmill Tennis Club offers 15 tennis courts, including six Hydro Courts,™ with two courts lighted for evening play. A newly renovated player’s lounge and locker facilities are also provided.

Marina: Full-service marina includes 90 permanent slips with 15 transient boat slips, dockside fueling, a marina store and a Marina Bar & Grille. Rentals for kayaks, paddle boats, and jon boats; fishing and charter tours available.

The resort is located 35 miles upriver from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and off channel marker #40 on the James River . It’s just a short cruise from the Intracoastal Waterway  and the Chesapeake Bay . The marina offers  concrete floating docks, increased slip size, water and power connections, dockside fuel service and harbor shop.

Fitness: Equipped with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the Sports Club also features racquetball courts, Cybex and Kaiser circuit training equipment, state-of-the-art cardiovascular stations and an aerobics studio. A sauna, steam room, whirlpool, massage therapy and convenient babysitting services round out the membership.

Recreation: Fishing & canoeing in spring-fed ponds, Biking & hiking trails, Outdoor pools.

Spa: Full service spa offers a comprehensive array of restorative services, including massages, body and skin treatments, and specialized nail and hair treatments.

Social clubs for residents: include a Watercolor Art Group , Needle Arts ,Boy  Scouts, Cub Scouts ,Children’s Playgroup ,  Girl Scouts Sea Scouts ,Garden Club, Bible Study, Women’s Social Club , Men’s Golf Association, Ladies’ Golf Association ,Tennis Association, Sharks Swim Team, Yacht Club and more.

Location: Kingsmill is located less than three miles from the College of William and Mary and the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg- where dining, shopping, theme parks and history tours offer a variety of family entertainment.

Building Lots For Sale:  A few choice lots are now available in the new Spencers Grant neighborhood. The latest residential offering in Kingsmill. This  development of 38 homesites  is heavily wooded for privacy and views of conservation area and river. Priced from $200,000. There wil occasionally be resale lots under $200k. Click here to view all currently available building lots in Kingsmill for sale

Heavily wooded home sites, custom built and custom designed homes, all utilities underground. This community preserves green spaces (40 percent of the property will remain untouched) and archeologically significant areas.

Mid-Rise Condominiums/Villas For Sale: On the James River, resales prices  from $700,000’s. The River Bluffs condominiums are sited 80 feet above the banks of the James River, the condominiums offer panoramic views of the river and surrounding landscape.

Condos For Sale: River’s Edge Luxury Villas located right on the James River; priced from $950,000s. River’s Edge is comprised of 3,000 to 3,900-square-foot, custom-designed, deluxe townhomes overlooking the James River. The foundation of every room is the view; and you don’t have just one view, you have many, including vistas stretching out from the kitchen, the den, the living room, even the office and especially the master suite.

The interiors feature hand-crafted, hardwood millwork, built-in bookcases, ceramic tile, marble, fixtures and appliances. River’s Edge owners can have as much detail as they desire. The only limitation is the moving of the structural walls. Residents also have a private auto court, leading to a two-car garage, plus a front porch, and a secluded, brick and stone textured terrace.

Resort condominiums consist of cluster one, two, and three bedroom villas. Featuring outdoor terraces overlooking the James River, Wareham’s pond, one of the golf courses, and tennis club. Prices range from $200,000 to $700,000. These are the only properties in Kingsmill that can be rented by their owners on a weekly basis.

Courtyard/Villas/  Patio Homes Single-family detached homes on smaller lots for minimal grounds upkeep, adjacent to the golf course. Low profile single story residences with private patios or decks designed for minimum maintenance and a carefree lifestyle. From $300,000 to $500,000.   Most feature views of golf fairways and other natural scenery.

Townhomes For Sale: Offering maintenance-free living, most feature first floor master bedrooms on the main level, screened porches and large deck areas. Priced from $225,000 to $1.3 million. This includes the communities of Winster Fax, Archers Mead, Littletown Quarter, Burwells Green, Harrops Glen , Warehams Point and some of Quarterpath Trace

Homes For Sale: Resale homes are available in Kingsmill with prices ranging from $300,000’s to $2 million . Search them here

Williamsburg/ JCC Schools for Kingsmill are James River Elementary, James Blair Middle, Jamestown High School.

Nearest Airports:  (PHF)Newport News/Williamsburg, 20 minutes; (ORF) Norfolk International, 45 minutes; (RIC) Richmond International, 45 minutes.

History

Steeped in a tradition of gracious Southern hospitality, Kingsmill heralds a rich history dating back to Colonial America. The bucolic land located along the banks of the mighty James River was considered as a permanent base by the first Englishmen on May 12,

1607. They decided to settle at Jamestown the next day. Located in the heart of Virginia ‘s Historic Triangle, it should come as no surprise that the land now known as Kingsmill featured a bustling plantation from 1619 through the 1800s.

Kingsmill Plantation, the home of Col. Lewis Burwell, was built in the mid-1730s and consisted of a mansion, outbuildings, garden, and 1,400 acres. The house burned in 1843. Only the office and the kitchen still stand; they are among the earliest brick dependencies in Virginia. Burwell, the naval officer (colonial customs inspector) for the upper James River, built his inspection station here at Burwell’s Landing, which included a tavern, storehouse, warehouse, and ferry house. In Nov. 1775, American riflemen skirmished nearby with British naval vessels; later, the Americans built two earthen forts here that the British captured in 1781.

Richard Kingsmill, who was granted one of the first land grants by the Virginia Company, initially purchased the land that Kingsmill Plantation was located. In the mid-1730s, colonial customs inspector and British Colonel Lewis Burwell III purchased 1,400 acres of Kingsmill’s original plot, and constructed a plantation with several other structures. The headquarters of his inspection station (Burwell’s Landing) was also located on the property along the James River, which included a tavern, warehouse, and ferry.

Kingsmill Plantation saw action in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. As Patriot forces began to assemble near Williamsburg in the fall of 1775, the Colonial Governor of Virginia Lord Dunmore ordered that British ships patrol the James River to stop potential ferry crossings of these rebels. On Sunday, November 5th, militiamen from Chesterfield County began to assemble near Williamsburg with intentions to embark upon Norfolk. The British vessel the Kingfisher patrolled the river with three other supporting tenders, but failed in stopping a thousands Colonial militiamen from crossing the river. Despite this, the Kingfisher exchanged fire with a Colonial vessel at Burwell’s Ferry without any decisive action. At the end of the War in 1781, French forces under the Marquis de Lafayette utilized Burwell’s Landing as they docked and moved inland from there. Later that year in January, Colonial General Thomas Nelson and his militia foiled Benedict Arnold’s plan to land at Burwell’s Ferry.

Many battles in the Civil War were also fought in the vicinity of Kingsmill Plantation. Union General George B. McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign engulfed the plantation, as an army of 120,000 men landed and moved inland through the area with the task of reaching Richmond. Several Confederate defensive lines also ran through the property such as the Warwick Line, and the Williamsburg Line. On May 6th of 1865, the Battle of Williamsburg was fought here where the Confederates lost 1,682 men and the Union lost 2,283.

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