• 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

Visit Colonial Williamsburg, VA

aerialcapitol3Well, I guess we are bound to get a lot of visitors coming to Williamsburg VA for 36 hour trips now that the New York Times has posted a Williamsburg, VA travel story.

I was just looking at my Twitter account ( Twitter/ MrWilliamsburg) and it seems that hundreds if not thousands of people are reposting the story.

 

Here is the story:

ONCE the preserve of eighth-grade field trips and history re-enactors, Williamsburg, Va., with its restored Colonial District, has become in recent years a much more rounded — and upscale — experience. Local chefs raised on both grits and Asian ginger have adapted traditional Southern cooking and native ingredients to create more exotic combinations. Virginia wineries, once scorned, produce high-quality vintages, while the central district of Williamsburg is known not only for stark Colonial homes but also for a lavish spa and upscale folk-art shops. Of course, if you want to see a staging of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!” speech, or stick your head in the stocks, that’s still an option

Read the rest of the story on Colonial Williamsburg here

By the way. There are many fine restaurants to choose from besides the Fat Canary. Contrary to what the NYT article indicates.

Make sure you take in a performance of “Revolutionary City if you visit. Somehow the writer missed this entirely.

If you lived here instead of paying $34.95 for  a one day pass to Colonial Williamsburg, you could purchase an annual " Good Neighbor Pass" to CW for $10. Kids under 17 get an annual Good Neighbor Pass for FREE ! Read about it here: https://williamsburgsrealestate.com/2008/11/29/good-neighbor-pass-colonial-williamsburg-resident-discount/

Another benefit of living here for our kids at least is Busch Gardens. If you are a resident of Virginia instead of paying $59.95 for a one day pass you can buy a Fun Pass that gets you in all season.  Or you can take out a second mortgage on your house and buy one year passes to both Water Country and Busch Gardens. I was only kidding about the second mortgage , we all know those aren’t available anymore so you just sign up for the monthly payment plan to purchase your BG passes.

 

Williamsburg, Yorktown, A Revolutionary Trip

Revolution

The delegates of the 5th Virginia Convention, meeting in Williamsburg, Wednesday, May 15, 1776, agreed unanimously to instruct Virginia’s representatives at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to propose that the colonies declare themselves free and independent states absolved from all allegiance to, or dependence upon, the crown or parliament of Great Britain. Seven weeks later, the Declaration of Independence proclaimed why the colonies had chosen independence. In Williamsburg, the Convention’s delegates drafted a declaration of rights and a constitution for Virginia, creating a society in which the people, not the monarch, were sovereign.

The Revolution had to be won on the battlefield, however. War had broken out a year earlier with skirmishes between British troops and Massachusetts militia at Lexington and Concord. It would continue for six years before the decisive battle of Yorktown. There, in October 1781, American and French troops led by George Washington defeated a British army commanded by General Charles Lord Cornwallis.

Don’t Miss

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    Yorktown Victory Center

    This museum of the American Revolution chronicles America’s struggle for independence from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the nation. A new Declaration of Independence Gallery emphasizes the dramatic impact and relevance of this historic document. Exhibits also provide eyewitness accounts of the war and describe the convergence of forces in October 1781 at the Siege of Yorktown. “The Legacy of Yorktown: Virginia Beckons” exhibit examines how people from different cultures shaped a society and incorporates the theme of creating a national government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Outdoors, historical interpreters engage visitors in demonstrations of everyday life during the Revolutionary era, in re-creations of a Continental Army encampment, and 1780s Tidewater Virginia farm.

    Visit: http://www.historyisfun.org

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    Colonial Williamsburg

    Each day, the Historic Area features Revolutionary City, a dynamic two-hour event during which guests witness – and participate in – the “Collapse of the Royal Government, 1774-1776,” and the struggles of “Citizens at War, 1776-1781.” Other sites of importance during the Revolution include the Palace, where the last royal governor Lord Dunmore resided, the Magazine, from which British marines stole the colony’s powder in April 1775 fueling a crisis that led to war, and the Capitol, where the General Assembly passed the crucial legislation that created the state of Virginia.

    Visit: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

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    Yorktown Battlefield

    When Prime Minister Frederick Lord North learned that Cornwallis had surrendered to Washington, he reputedly said, “Oh God, it’s all over.” It was. Guests can tour siege lines and fortifications, witness artillery demonstrations, and step into Washington’s tent.

    Visit: http://www.nps.gov/yonb/

Dance, Music , Ballet, Theater and Arts Opportunities in the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads Areas of VA

Dance

  • Chamber Ballet
    120 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg
    (757) 229-1717
  • Ferguson Center for the Arts
    Christopher Newport University
    50 Shoe Lane, Newport News
    (757) 594-7448
  • Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts
    Village Shops at Kingsmill, Route 60, York County (757) 229-8535
  • Hampton Roads Civic Ballet
    4607 & 4218 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton
    (757) 722-8216
  • Old Dominion University Ballet
    Old Dominion University, Elkhorn Avenue and 49th Street, Norfolk
    (757) 683-4486
  • Richmond Ballet
    614 N. Lombardy Street, Richmond
    (804) 359-0906
  • Terpsichoreans
    Hampton University
    (757) 727-5317
  • Tidewater Dance Theatre
    Greenwood Shopping Cente
    2513 W. Mercury Boulevard, Hampton
    (757) 826-3333
  • Debbi Evans Dance Center
    Warwick Blvd. & Deep Creek Road, Newport News
    (757) 930-3444
  • Virginia Ballet Theatre
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk
    (757)622-4822
  • William and Mary Dance
    College of Willliam and Mary
    Room 401, Adair Building, Williamsburg
    (757) 221-2785

Music

  • Cantata Chorus of Norfolk
    Christ & St. Luke’s Church
    560 West Olney Road, Norfolk
    (757) 627-5665
  • Capriole
    (757) 220-1248
  • The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg
    Williamsburg Regional Library
    515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg
    (757) 220-2821
  • F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series
    (757) 683-3020
  • Ewell Recital Series
    (757) 221-1000
  • Gloucester Choral Society
    (757) 886-1313
  • Feldman Chamber Music Society
    Olney Road and Mowbray Arch, Norfolk
    (757) 623-6959
  • Hampton Arts Commission Great Performers Series
    Hampton University’s Ogden Hall
    (757) 722-2787
  • Hampton University Musical Arts Society
    Hampton University’s Ogden Hall
    (757) 727-5691
  • Middle Peninsula Community Concerts Association
    Gloucester High School
    (804) 693-3025
  • Norfolk Chamber Consort
    (757) 440-1803
  • Peninsula Concert Band
    (757) 877-2836
  • Portsmouth Community Concerts Association
    Willett Hall, 3701 Willett Avenue, Portsmouth
    (757) 393-5144
  • Publick Times Chorus of Sweet Adelines
    (757) 566-3933
  • Ramseur Concert Series
    Christopher Newport University in Newport News
    (757) 594-7552
  • Tidewater Classic Guitar Society
    Hampton Roads. (757) 566-3304
  • Tidewater Performing Arts Society
    (757) 627-2314
  • Virginia Choral Society
    (757) 851-9114
  • Virginia Chorale
    (formerly McCullough Chorale)
    (757) 627-8375
  • Virginia Opera
    Harrison Opera House
    Llewellyn Avenue & Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
    (757) 627-9545
  • The Virginia Symphony
    (757) 623-8590
  • William and Mary Concert Series
    College of William and Mary’s Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
    (757) 221-3269
  • Williamsburg Symphonia
    (757) 229-9857
  • Williamsburg Women’s Chorus
    (757) 220-1537
  • York River Orchestra
    (757) 898-4489
  • Yorktown Chorale
    (757) 890-3158

Theater

  • Broadway at Chrysler Hall
    (757) 622-0288
  • CNU Players
    Christopher Newport University in Newport News
    (757) 594-7552
  • Commonwealth Musical Stage
    Virginia Beach Pavilion Theatre
    (757) 340-5446
  • Court House Players
    (804) 693-0129
  • Founders Inn Dinner Theatre
    5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach
    (757) 366-5749
  • Hampton Players & Company
    Hampton University
    (757) 727-5402
  • Penninsula Community Theatre
    Newport News
    (757) 595-5728
  • Poquoson Island Players
    (757) 881-9797
  • Smithfield Little Theatre
    (757) 357-7338
  • Virginia Company of Comedians
    Colonial Williamsburg
    (757) 220-7041
  • Virginia Shakespeare Festival
    College of William and Mary
    (757) 221-2674
  • Virginia Stage Company
    Wells Theatre, 108 E. Tazewell Street, Norfolk
    (757) 627-6988
  • William and Mary Theatre
    (757) 221-2660
  • Williamsburg Players
    James-York Playhouse
    (757) 229-1697

Arts Organizations

  • Business Consortium for Arts Support
    (757) 625-8163
  • Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads
    (757) 889-9479
  • Young Audiences of Virginia
    (757) 466-7555

Museums in and Around Williamsburg VA

 

  • Bacon’s Castle
    Route 617, off Highway 10, Surry
    (757) 357-5976

  • Casemate Museum
    Casemate 20, Bernard Road, Fort Monroe
    (757) 727-3391
  • Chippokes Plantation/Farm and Forestry Museum
    Chippokes Plantation State Park, Route 634 off Route 10, Surry
    (757) 294-3625
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Visitor Center, Route 132Y, off Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg
    1-800-HISTORY
  • Fort Wool
    Access by tour boat that docks at Hampton Visitor Center, next to Radisson Hotel on Settlers Landing Road, Hampton
    (757) 722-9102
  • Hampton Roads Naval Museum
    Located in Nauticus, One Waterside Drive, Norfolk
    (757) 444-8971
  • Hunter House Victorian Museum
    240 W. Freemason Street, Norfolk
    (757) 623-9814
  • Isle of Wight County Museum
    103 Main Street, Smithfield
    (757) 357-7459
  • Evelynton
    Route 5, Charles City
    (804) 829-5075
  • Belle Air Plantation
    Route 5, Charles City
    (804) 829-2431
  • Historic Jamestowne
    Located adjacent to Jamestown Island, on Route 31, James City
    (757) 229-1607
  • Jamestown Island
    Located about 10 miles west of Williamsburg on Colonial Parkway, James City
    (757) 229-1733
  • Lancaster Train and Toy Museum
    5661 Shoulders Hill Road, Suffolk
    (757) 484-4224
  • Old Coast Guard Station
    24th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
    (757) 422-1587
  • MacArthur Memorial
    City Hall Avenue and Bank Street, Norfolk
    (757) 441-2965
  • The Mariners’ Museum
    100 Museum Drive, Newport News
    (757) 596-2222
  • Moore House
    Highway 238, Yorktown
    (757) 898-3400
  • Nelson House
    Main Street, Yorktown
    (757) 898-3400
  • Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center
    2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News
    (757) 247-2360
  • Portsmouth Lightship Museum
    Water Street at London Boulevard, Portsmouth
    (757) 393-8741
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
    2 High Street, Portsmouth
    (757) 393-8591
  • Riddick’s Folly
    510 N. Main Street, Suffolk
    (757) 934-1390
  • St. John’s Church
    W. Queens Way at High Court Lane, Hampton
    (757) 722-2567
  • St. Luke’s (Old Brick) Church
    Route 10, Isle of Wight County
    (757) 357-3367
  • Smith’s Fort Plantation
    Highway 31 between Surry and Scotland Wharf.
    (757) 294-3872
  • U.S. Army Transportation Museum
    Besson Hall, Building 300, Fort Eustis, Newport News
    (757) 878-1109
  • Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
    420 High Street, Courthouse Square, Portsmouth
    (757) 393-8031
  • War Memorial Museum of Virginia
    9285 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News
    (757) 247-8523
  • The Watermen’s Museum
    309 Water Street, Yorktown
    (757) 887-2641
  • Yorktown Battlefield
    Eastern end of Colonial Parkway, Yorktown
    (757) 898-3400
  • Yorktown Victory Center
    Route 238, Yorktown
    (757) 887-1776
  • Zollinger Museum/Earl Gregg Swem Library
    Jamestown Road, Williamsburg
    (757) 221-3090

Science, Natural History

  • Air Power Park
    413 W. Mercury Boulevard, Hampton
    (757) 727-1163
  • Children’s Museum of Virginia
    221 High Street, Portsmouth
    (757) 393-8393
  • Nauticus, The National Maritime Center
    One Waterside Drive, Norfolk
    (757) 664-1000
  • Norfolk Botanical Gardens
    Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk
    (757) 441-5830
  • Virginia Living Museum
    524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News
    (757) 595-1900
  • Virginia Air and Space Center and Hampton Roads History Center
    600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton
    (757) 727-0800
  • Virginia Marine Science Museum
    717 Gen. Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach
    (757) 425-FISH
  • Virginia Zoological Park
    3500 Granby Street, Norfolk
    (757) 441-5227

Art Museums

  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center
    307 S. England Street, Williamsburg
    (757) 220-7669
  • Art Center of the Portsmouth Museums
    Court and High Streets, Portsmouth
    (757) 393-8983
  • Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
    4205 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton
    (757) 722-2787
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
    Olney Road and Mowbray Arch, Norfolk
    (757) 664-6220
  • DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery
    Henry and Francis Streets, Williamsburg
    (757) 220-7724
  • Hampton University Museum
    Academy Building, Marshall Avenue and the waterfront, Hampton University, Hampton
    (757) 727-5308
  • Hermitage Foundation
    7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk
    (757) 423-2052
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art
    Jamestown Road, Williamsburg
    (757) 221-2703
  • Peninsula Fine Arts Center
    101 Museum Drive, Newport News
    (757) 596-8175
  • Suffolk Museum
    118 Bosley Avenue, Suffolk
    (757) 925-6311
  • Virginia Beach Center for the Arts
    2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach
    (757) 425-0000