• 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

Top 10 VA Military home buyer benefits !

VA Loans are a fantastic way for Veterans, Active Duty, Retired military, Coast Guard, etc. to buy a home with zero down payment and no mortgage insurance.We get a large number of military buyers in  Yorktown, Williamsburg and the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads.

Did you know that  buyers using a VA loan can get ALL of their closing costs and prepaids paid by the seller PLUS an 4% in additional concessions?

I will say that as our market improves it will become more difficult to get this level of concessions but it doesn’t hurt to try..

The following costs can be paid with the 4% additional  seller concessions

· Payment of buyers VA funding fee

· Real estate taxes paid in advance

· Hazard insurance premiums

· Appliances

· Gift card for Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

· Gifts for the home such as televisions or microwaves

· Payment of extra points to provide permanent interest rate buy downs

· Provision of escrowed funds to provide temporary interest rate buy downs

· Payoff of credit balances or judgments on behalf of the buyer

· Payoff of buyers debt

These seller concessions are not allowed:

· More than 30 days of interest

· Payment abatements

· Cash

· Decorating allowances (including carpet, flooring, etc.)

· Moving costs



Home Financing ChecklistOne of the most important steps you will take when you prepare to search for your new home is to determine how much home you can afford, and then to secure a loan pre-approval for that amount.

At Liz Moore & Associates, we’ve tried to take much of the stress out of this process by providing experienced guidance on the pre-approval process, the numerous mortgage products available and even help you select the lender that will best meet your specific situation.

There are several documents you will need to gather in advance to expedite your loan application. At a minimum, you should have the information listed on our Home Financing Checklist.

Want to chat about mortgage options, rates, VA Loans, FHA,  Reverse Mortgages, Conventional Loans or getting approved ?

Contact me and I will put you in touch with one of our preferred lenders.


I specialize in homes for sale in James City County, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, VA as well as surrounding markets of Hampton Roads. . I offer Active Duty friendly support to families PCSing/ relocating to Ft Eustis, Yorkttown Naval Weapons Station, Langley Air Force Base and Cheatham Annex.

Thank you for serving our Country, and I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

If you’re interested in buying a home for sale call 757 254 8136 or e-mail me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com


Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown Starts Tuesday

The Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown will be held Tuesday evenings, Aug. 7 through Aug. 28. 2012 Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. The Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown will be held Tuesday evenings, Aug. 7 through Aug. 28. 2012 Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorating its 94th anniversary with a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk. The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is the largest of the Navy’s 11 Fleet Bands. This unit provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events.

The Heritage Ramblers Dixieland Ensemble will be featured on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The Ramblers preserve and present the rich heritage of traditional jazz, with the music of such legends as Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, and Bix Beiderbecke as their guide. The Ramblers are sure to get toes tapping, hands clapping, and put smiles on faces wherever they perform.

The third installment of the concert series will feature the TRADOC New Orleans Jazz Group on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The group represents the original New Orleans Jazz tradition, performing works by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and King Oliver. The group performs across the nation at fairs, picnics, festivals, bringing a taste of New Orleans to their audiences.

The concert series culminates on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with the Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble. This highly versatile jazz, blues and funk group prides itself on covering 70 years of American music from contemporary jazz artists Chick Corea, The Yellowjackets, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, to Big Band greats Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Glenn Miller.

This concert series is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other public parking lots throughout town.

For more information on the Military Band Concert Series, call the York County Parks and Recreation office at (757) 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org . This event is jointly sponsored by York County, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band from Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band of Ft. Eustis. In the event of inclement weather

Free Admission to National Parks January 14-16, 2012

All 397 national parks across the country (including, of course, Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield) will offer free admission from January 14 through 16 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

A national park can also help you keep that New Year’s resolution, whether it is to get more exercise, spend quality time with family a nd friends, try a new sport, learn some history, expand your horizons, or enjoy the natural world. A list of activities at parks can be found at the Park Service website

The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on 14 other days in 2012 – National Park Week (April 21 to 29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 10 to 12).

"New Town" project proposed in Yorktown VA near Kiln Creek

The owner of land near Kiln Creek Shopping Center has asked the York County Planning commission to rezone  45.9 acres of land located at the end of Commonwealth Drive ( Behind Kiln Creek Shopping Center) to create a mixed-use development (Commonwealth Green)  consisting of 444 residential units and at least 40,610 square feet of commercial space. The proposed dwelling units include 334 rental apartments, (plus 50 apartments on the Newport News side of the jurisdictional boundary), 94 townhouses and duplexes, and 16 “live-above” units (i.e., owner-occupied residential units above ground floor retail/office use).
This would make the third mixed used development in York County wit the recent approvals of Nelson’s Grant (112 units) and Yorktown Crescent (210 units), at the intersection of Route 17 and Fort Eustis Boulevard. Neither project has been built yet, but site work is underway for Nelson’s Grant, with construction expected by the middle of next year


The York County Planning Commission has recommended the Board of Supervisors approve an application to build a mixed-used development with 444 residential units near Kiln Creek. The commission’s 4-2 vote to recommend approval went against York County staff’s recommendation to deny it.

The property, located at 501 Commonwealth Drive ( behind Kiln Creek shopping center)  and is designated in the Comprehensive Plan for Economic Opportunity with a Mixed Use overlay.

Location Map of proposed Commonwealth Green in Yorktown VA

location map for commonwealth green yorktown va

The York County planning staff after it’s review of the plans is recommending that the Board of Supervisors deny the approval of the plan . The planning staff believes the proposed development is not generally consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the intent of the PDMU ordinance. The planning staff  feels that in other respects – compactness, walkability, integration of land uses, and the balance between residential and commercial uses – the project is not consistent with the mixed-use concept or the Comprehensive Plan’s vision for this area.

As proposed there would be a total of 16 apartment buildings, four of which – encompassing a minimum of fifty units – would be located in the City of Newport News on property that is already zoned for multi-family housing and does not need to be rezoned.  The second component consists of 16 groupings of townhouses located along a new road extending from the Commonwealth Drive extension all the way to Route 17.
The third component in Commonwealth Green consists of three mixed-use “live-above” buildings with residential units above ground-floor retail uses and a separate two-story commercial building with office and retail uses. . In addition, the applicant proposes to construct an 1,800-square foot multi-use “town center” building on the east side of the Commonwealth Drive extension across from the apartment section. Intended to serve as a focal point for the community, the “town center” building and site would have picnic tables, open areas for planned events, a fountain water feature, park benches, and restroom facilities

One scenario, referred to as the “County Average” analysis, is based on population and school enrollment multipliers (i.e., an assumed number of residents and school students per housing unit that the Wessex Group attributes to the County), while the second scenario, referred to as the “Comparable” analysis, is based on multipliers derived from an examination of three developments – two in Indiana and one in Midlothian, Virginia – that the analyst considers comparable to Commonwealth Green in terms of price, size, and the character of the neighborhood.
The results of these two analyses differ markedly. The “Comparable” analysis yields a positive fiscal impact, with the net present value of the cumulative fiscal impact over twenty years calculated to be $6.6 million. This is based on an assumed average household size of 1.39 persons and 0.084 school student per housing unit.

The “County Average” assumptions, however, result in a negative fiscal impact calculated to be -$1.7 million. This is based on an assumed average of 2.78 persons and 0.33 school student per household. (Although the fiscal impact analysis attributes these multipliers to the Planning staff, staff does not consider an average household size of 2.78 – which was the County average reported in the 2000 Census – to be realistic for this development. Rather, staff estimates that the development is likely to generate an average of 2.14 residents and 0.34 student per housing unit, based on the County’s experience with other apartment, condominium, and townhouse developments.) Since the difference between staff’s and the analyst’s school student multipliers accounts for most of the difference between the “County Average” and “Comparable” analyses, adjusting the average household size from 2.78 to 2.14 would still result in a negative fiscal impact – albeit less negative – under the “County Average” scenario.

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Virginia Symphony Concert at Yorktown Victory Monument

imageSeptember 3, 2011 at Yorktown Monument, Yorktown

VSO musicians are back from summer vacation and tuning up to entertain you with enticing free outdoor concerts! Check out these family-friendly outdoor nights with the orchestra. Bring family and friends; bring picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Benjamin Rous, returns to Historic Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3 for its 15th annual outdoor concert at the Yorktown Victory Monument on Historic Main Street.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and picnic baskets. A just-for-fun blue ribbon judging for the most creative picnic set-up will be awarded prior to the concert. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform a pre-concert show at 6 p.m. Vendors will be on-site with light picnic fare, hot dogs, desserts and soft drinks.

The symphony concert is funded by community contributors from organizations, businesses and individuals along with sponsors York County and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, whose financial support makes it possible. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee annually raises $25,000 to present this free-to-the-public evening of music for the enjoyment of the community.

Event parking information is as follows:

  • Plan to arrive early as parking is expected to fill up in Yorktown.
  • Event parking will be available at the York County Courts and Office Complex, Administration and York Hall buildings on Ballard Street, National Park Service Visitor Center, and the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace on Water Street.
  • Free handicapped-accessible trolley service will be available from these parking lots from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and beginning again at the conclusion of the concert.
  • Due to heavy traffic; the trolley will not service the Visitor Center. Guests wishing to park at the Visitor Center will have a short walk to the concert grounds.
  • Due to limited capacity, heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the wait lines for the trolleys after the concert may be longer.

No rain date is scheduled for the concert. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated information. For additional information, visit www.visityorktown.org or call 890-4490.



Marlbank Cove- A York County VA Neighborhood Spotlight By “Mr Williamsburg”

entranceYorktown, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character and culture and  its weather is mild.

All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Yorktown but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. That’s why “Mr Williamsburg” writes these  Neighborhood Spotlight articles to introduce readers to the pros and cons of the area’s many unique locales. Today, we’re writing about the exciting Marlbank Cove neighborhood.

During my years of working in the Williamsburg/ Yorktown, Virginia area real estate market, I have many homes in a lot of area  neighborhoods.

Ever heard of the neighborhood, Marlbank Cove ? Chances are, probably not. This small neighborhood is nestled alongside of Wormley Creek between the adjacent Marlbank Farm neighborhood and Hornsbyville Rd near  the intersection of Ft Eustis Blvd and Route 17.

Marlbank Cove is a sought after community in the area. It was developed in the late 1980’s – mid 1990’s .Today, there are approximately 160 homes in the Marlbank Cove neighborhood. In terms of style, Marlbank Cove is filled with mostly  traditional colonials and transitionals on lovely treed lots. Two Story homes are  predominant but there are numerous ranches as well.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately  .56  – .to over an acre with most averaging three quarters of an acre in size. Most homes were built  by  Ron Staples one of the areas best builders.

Why is Marlbank Cove so popular? It’s simple ~  its location in Yorktown , the pool, clubhouse and community pier,  top rated York County Schools, tight-knit community.and more.

Home Owner Association/ Amenities

Marlbank Cove  has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate: The HOA manages the pool, clubhouse, pier and common areas in the neighborhood as well as  numerous social events each year. The annual home owner association fee is $504

Location and nearby points of interest

Marlbank Cove  is  located in Yorktown and is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick commute to  Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Yorktown, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula.

Whether you’re a history buff, water lover, or both – Yorktown offers plenty to plan a great day, weekend or full week of fun. You can brush up on American history, refreshing your memory about the pivotal battle in America’s fight for independence at several museums and historic sites. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of authentic fifes and drums. Fast forward to today and learn about working watermen on the river. Walk off an excellent meal with a stroll on the Riverwalk. You can also get out on the river yourself on the Schooner Alliance or a fishing charter. Click on the resources below to plan your visit.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Marlbank Cove Makes The Grade!!!

Marlbank Cove students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools.

Students in Marlbank Cove  go to York Elementary, York Middle and York High School . For parents desiring a private school option there are numerous options to choose from  including  Hampton Roads Academy and more. Explore private school locations here

York County has one of the top public school systems in Virginia. Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country. There are also eight colleges and universities and three community colleges in Hampton Roads. The region has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the entire State of Virginia.  Of the County’s adult population (25+), 92% has at least a high school diploma; 21% has at least a bachelor’s degree; and 16.4% has an advanced graduate or Professional degree.  The high levels of education among County residents are reflected in the types of jobs they hold. 40% of the County’s employed residents in 2000 held professional or managerial occupations.

By almost every measure of academic achievement – such as promotion rates, graduation rates, and standardized test scores – York County ‘s school students rank among the best in the state. As a result, York County is among the leading localities in the percentage of high school graduates planning to continue their education.

What is for sale in Marlbank Cove

search homes for sale in Marlbank CoveOver the last year, home sale prices in Marlbank Cove have ranged from a low of $334,000 for a 2500 square foot home built in 1986 to  $510,600 for a 4152 square foot five bedroom three bath home circa 1987. List price on the larger home was $550k .

Prices vary according to size, condition and age,. . The average market time for the four sales in the last 12 months was a very low 51 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring. You can see the homes currently for sale in Marlbank Cove here

Marlbank Cove is a deed restricted community. It’s residents are diverse in background, geographic origins and nature of their present business. Marlbank Cove boasts a strong association of home owners who work together to maintain the community as a place of pride for all it’s residents.

Marlbank Cove HOA website

piers in marlbank coveFrom the beginning of the planning stages the Marlbank Cove subdivision was planned as a residential neighborhood of the highest quality, setting new standards of excellence within York County, offering  beautiful and well maintained surroundings, large wooded lots, residences of highest quality and architectural beauty, and superior recreational facilities including water access for its residents.

Written into the covenants is the following: “The natural beauty of the land shall be protected and preserved to the greatest extent possible”.

Property Taxes
With a real estate tax of $0.6575  per $100 York County taxes are among the lowest in the Hampton Roads region. The annual taxes on a typical home in Marlbank Cove valued at $500,000 would equal  $3288.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $5500.00annually.

Located in the heart of the Virginia Peninsula, York County stretches 27 miles from Williamsburg to Hampton and covers 108 square miles. The County is 20 minutes from Norfolk and less than an hour from Richmond. With more than 200 miles of coastline along the York River and Chesapeake Bay, waterfront property is abundant. The County is adjacent to James City County, the Cities of Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson. York County is part of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area that ranks 31st in population in the United States.

With the abundance of coastline on the York River and the Chesapeake Bay, locals here know how to have fun. Whether they’re swimming, fishing, boating, or beachcombing, living here on the coast not only provides wonderful recreational activities, it provides a temperate climate in which to enjoy them. York County is part of the Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. This diverse region is rich in significant historical sites, world-class cultural attractions, as well as beautiful golf courses. There are three golf courses, indoor movie theaters, a bowling alley, and an amateur theater in addition to the Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown Battlefields & Visitor Center, Water Country USA, and numerous other attractions nearby. Other local attractions include: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg,  Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

Today, Yorktown is a living part of a national treasure known as the “Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, & Yorktown” which attracts millions of tourists each year.

While replete with history, York County is ever mindful of its role in the new century. It is an attractive suburban community that features one of the area’s highest per capita family incomes. The County also features one of the top public school systems in Virginia . In fact, Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country

More than 40 percent of York County’s land is earmarked for federal use with installations such as: the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, the Colonial National Historical Park, the US Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex, and Camp Peary.


imageThe York County  Parks and Recreation offers year-round programs for youth and adults. Available facilities include a 70 acre sports complex, 42 baseball/softball fields, 35 soccer/football fields, 36 tennis courts, 37 outdoor basketball courts, 5 outdoor tracks, 3 public boat landings, a 12-acre beach/picnic area on the York River, 2 neighborhood park sites, three smaller parks totaling 67 acres, and the newly renovated 545-acre New Quarter Park. Click here for more information.

Topography – Elevations in the 108 square mile county range from sea level to 125 feet above sea level. .

Top 10 Reasons to Like Living In Marlbank Cove  1. With abundant green space, a low crime rate, affordable housing, and one of the top public school systems in Virginia , York County is the community of choice on the Peninsula.

2.Only a short drive to Yorktown  where you can enjoy Riverwalk with it’s shops , restaurants and for summer concerts…

3. Neighborhood pool, tennis courts and clubhouse

4. Less than a mile to the scenic Colonial Parkway and the York Public Library

5. History abounds at nearby Yorktown Victory Center, Battlefields & Visitor Center

6. All homes are custom built

7. Intimate community with just 112 home sites

8. Active social scene with neighborhood parties and more

9.. Low HOA fees—only $42 a month.

10. Low York County County taxes—only $3,280 annually on $500,000 home

Nearby Golf Options: Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, Kiln Creek Golf Course

Nearby Fitness Options::YMCA,   Cross Fit HR  Other Options

Nearby Boating Options: Back Creek ParkWormley Creek Marina, Dare Marina
Seaford Yacht Club

Closest Grocery Store: Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Kroger

Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 250B for VA 105 East / Ft Eustis Blvd go 3.8 miles and turn left on Rt 17 , go 3/10 mile and turn right onto Battle Rd, that will take you into the Marlbank Cove neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past Marlbank Cove resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Marlbank Cove , you might also like: The Lakes At Dare, The Greenlands, Running Man, Taylor Farms, Old Port Cove, Port Myers, Presson Harbor in Coventry, Avery Woods/ Kiln Creek or Bunting Point Estates

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Marlbank Cove  or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Fast Facts: Marlbank CoveHomes built from: 1985-1994

Price range: high $300s to  $500’s +

Home Size: About 2.000 square feet to 5,900 square feet, median 3200

Lot Sizes: ..50 to .1.25 acres .

HOA Fees: $42 a month

Homeowner Association Website

Schools: York County
York Elementary, York Middle , York High
Average SAT scores:
Total: 1583 – (verbal 533, math 530)

Property Tax Rate: .6575 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $500,000 home would be $3,280 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Stories and some ranches.

All homes were custom built by the area’s finest builders including Ron Staples


Community Demographics

Homes For Sale
Click for more details.


The Way it was in 1998
imageWho said real estate was a bad investment. Thirteen years ago (in 1998) this 2900 square foot new home in Marlbank Cove sold for $218,000. Today that home would sell for approximately $440,000.

A generally moderate climate prevails in Hampton Roads:
Annual Average Temperature 58.8°
January Average Temperature 38.7°
July Average Temperature 77.9°
Annual Average Precipitation 47.5”
Annual Average Snowfall 7.1 inches


imageThe neighborhood  lies in the center of a fascinating historical area.  The first York settlers started a village on the northern-most branch of Wormley Creek, now the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Yorktown Training Center, in the 1630’s.  York County, one of the original eight counties in America, was created in 1634, and Yorktown was established by the General Assembly as a tobacco port in 1691.
The current Marlbank Cove and Marlbank Farms area was assembled into “Wormley Creek Plantation” by Charles Carter. It was assembled from three previous landowners, one of whom was Lawrence Smith who laid out the Town of York.
In 1770 the 500-acre plantation passed from Carter’s son, David Jameson, who named it “Church Fields,” and later it was sold to Christopher Stedman who operated a mill there.  The remains of the mill dam can be found today in the woods between Marlbank Cove and Old Wormley Creek Drive.

On October 19, 1781, a mile or so away at the Yorktown Battlefield, the decisive victory in the American Revolution occurred, assuring American independence.  The area now containing Marlbank Cove and Marlbank Farms developments saw the foraging of George Washington’s men as they searched for game and other foodstuffs during the siege.
The Garretts of Williamsburg were the next owners of the plantation, which then included about 800 acres.  They renamed it “Marlbanks” and in 1837 built a manor house, which still stands.  Before passing the land to Tom Clark of Delaware prior to the Civil War, the Garrett family had increased the plantation’s size to 1100 acres.
imageIn the spring of 1862, the plantation, then known as “Clarks Farm”, was the base for the Union forces under General George McClellan who were establishing another siege of Yorktown, this time against Confederate forces protecting the Peninsula approaches to Richmond.   Period maps of the siege show the manor house serving as a Union field hospital, and McClelland’s headquarters standing to the east, near where McClellan Court now lies.  When Marlbank Cove was developed, it was very common to find artifacts of the Civil War — buttons, belt buckles, and so on.  One home site has a large pit believed to have been a field “refrigeration unit”.
After the Civil War, the plantation reverted by default back to the Garrett family.  It was sold to William Hughes in 1879, who sold 550 acres to L. R. O’Hara in 1945.  Mr. O’Hara restored the manor house, named Marlbank Farm, and developed Marlbank Farms subdivision beginning in the late 1940’s.

imageThe O’Hara’s or their descendants lived in the house until 1988.  When the manor house was sold and refurbished in 1988, more homes were built in its immediate vicinity.  Marlbank Cove subdivision began in 1985 and occupies part of the original plantation area.  The term ‘marlbank’ refers to the layer of marl (a conglomerate of mud, shells and clay) that lies below the soil surface along the York River.  Early settlers at Yorktown used marl as construction material, as can be seen today at Grace Church in Yorktown village, built in 1697.

Marlbank Cove During the Civil War

In May 1862 Yorktown again found itself surrounded by armies locked in combat.  The area around Marlbank Cove saw a great deal of military activity as a result.  Below are several photographs taken in the May 1862 time frame.
Union forces led by General George McClelland and advancing from the vicinity of Fort Monroe (which never fell into Confederate hands and therefore served as a Union foothold and staging ground for campaigns against Richmond throughout the Civil War) encountered Confederate forces, led first by General John Magruder and then Joseph E. Johnston, who manned a line of defenses spanning from the James-Warwick River confluence near today’s Fort Eustis to the York River, with concentrated forces around Yorktown.  The Southern troops utilized many of the same embankments first dug by British forces during the Revolutionary War.  Evidence of the Confederate works, especially shallow, long-running communications trenches, can be found in the woods of the National Park and running into Newport News Park.

imageA period map shows the location of Gen McClelland’s tent as being in the immediate area of Marlbank Cove, very close to where McClelland Court lies (the actual site appears closer to the intersection of Marlbank Drive and Three Point Court).  The picture to the left shows a close-up of McClelland’s tent, as well as a broader view of the encampment, which was named Camp Winfield Scott.

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bluepsst … 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, Yorktown or the Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

This post was 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.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!



beach at yorktown
aerial view of marlbank cove
Riverwalk Landing
piers at riverwalk alnding

Location Map for Marlbank Cove Neighborhood in James City County ,Williamsburg VA



Yorktown VA Chosen as Site For Marine Corp Regiment

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in Virginia. has been chosen as the new location for a consolidated unit of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment.

The move will bring more than 800 Marines, sailors and civilians to Yorktown Naval Weapons Station as it seeks to consolidate anti-terrorism units.

The move will take place over several years, as construction permits. The first contingent of 150 Marines will move into temporary quarters at Yorktown-Cheatham Annex in June, the Marine Corps said.

The Naval Weapons Station was selected over two other sites in Chesapeake and Cherry Point, N.C.

The consolidation will combine Marines, sailors and civilians from Marines Corps Security Force Regiment headquarters at Naval Station Norfolk, and Alpha and Charlie Anti-terrorism Security Team Companies at Camp Allen in Norfolk.
The 800 will join 300 Marines in the Bravo, or 2nd, Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team already located at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

The reason for the relocation is to “provide a consolidated security force training and operations complex within the mid-Atlantic region and improve mission training capabilities and operational readiness to meet current and future mission requirements,” Neal said.

There are about 300 Marines in the MCSFR at Yorktown presently and they will be joined by 100 members of the headquarter company this summer.

New construction in Yorktown in support of MCSFR will be competing with military construction funding in the 2013 fiscal year budget, then later phases of construction will extend through 2017.

“Between 1,100 and 1,200 personnel will be based at Yorktown by the time all the construction is finished,” Neal said.

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is the Navy’s premier ordnance handling facility on the East Coast.

Nelsons Grant -Yorktown’s first mixed use development

view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodCaptureNewport News has Port Warwick and City Center, James City County has New Town, Hampton has Peninsula Town Center and now Yorktown will have Nelson’s Grant.

York County is in the works to get its first mixed use development. Called Nelson’s Grant, the development would include 66 town houses, 46 condos, and nearly 14,000 square feet of commercial space.

The new development is designed to create a sense of place for those that will live there. It incorporates many of the concepts that real urban planners support, such as sidewalks, alleyways to support rear-entry garages, community spaces, parallel parking, and a mixed use area. If this development is successful, it should be a model for future development all around Hampton Roads. It is more efficient on city services and therefore less expensive to serve than the segregated-use, ‘traditional’ suburban sprawl

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Veterans Day in the Historic Triangle and Hampton Roads Va

Veterans_Day Williamsburg, VA This year’s Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Williamsburg Community Building on N. Boundary Street. The event offers those participating a special time to honor all military veterans, living and deceased, and is sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Combined Veterans Organizations.
Read about other Veterans Day events in Williamsburg, Hampton Roads and Richmond VA

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Possible Expansion of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Meeting Notice

The U.S. Marine Corps will hold a public information meeting on:

Wednesday, October 14 – 6 to 8 p.m.
York High School
9300 George Washington Highway
Yorktown, VA 23692

USMC The meeting is for persons interested in information concerning an environmental
assessment (EA) for a proposal to construct, operate, and maintain a consolidated
Marine Corps Security Force (MCSF) Regiment training and operations complex within the Mid-Atlantic region.
The meeting will be conducted in an “open house” format. Information on the project and the draft EA will be presented at a series of poster stations. Throughout the meeting, Marine Corps representatives will be available to answer questions.
Construction of an operations complex is needed to eliminate the geographic separation of the MCSF Regiment companies and to address structural, safety, and logistical deficiencies in the facilities currently used by the regiment. The MCSF Regiment’s five companies currently operate from four different installations in the Hampton Roads region. Three potential alternatives are being analyzed. One of the alternatives includes new construction of a 900,000 square-foot operations complex at
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. A total of 1,110 MCSF personnel are attached to the operations complex.
The Marine Corps is preparing an EA, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, to analyze the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts of the proposal. The EA, which examines three siting alternatives and a no-action alternative, analyzes a variety of resource areas that include land use, coastal zone resources, aesthetics, socioeconomics, transportation, natural resources, cultural resources, air quality, hazardous materials and wastes, and noise.

Location Map of Naval Weapon Station Yorktown VA

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Yorktown VA cruise ship stop

Yorktown will again play host to a number of cruise ships this fall, including one high-end luxury ship that has chosen to feature the village as a stop on its Historic Atlantic cruise.

Travel Dynamics International’s newly refurbished Clelia II will be docking at Riverwalk Landing’s T-Pier on Sunday, Oct. 4. The 290-foot boat will likely attract attention as it unloads 100 passengers into the Riverwalk area.

riverwalk yorktown vaYorktown is one of six stops on the Clelia II’s “America’s Historic Atlantic Shores” itinerary. The 11-day cruise travels the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia to West Palm Beach, FL and, in addition to Yorktown, includes stops in Portland, Newport, Annapolis, Charleston, and Savannah.

Travel Dynamics International bills the cruise as an educational journey. Their Web site says that “This unique voyage offers a wide-ranging, thoughtful and delightful rejoinder to the critique—often made by Americans themselves—that their nation is without its history.” 

  cleliaIIThis unique voyage offers a wide-ranging, thoughtful and delightful rejoinder to the critique—often made by Americans themselves—that their nation is without its history. Departing from Halifax, we sail first to the charming shoreline city of Portland, then on to Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, and the naval heritage of Annapolis, Maryland en route to the birthplace of our nation, Yorktown VA  and Colonial Williamsburg, America’s premier living museum. In Charleston, South Carolina, we will take in the enchanting atmosphere of Palmetto trees and wrought-iron balustrades during the perfect October weather, and we will tour Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, saved by Lincoln from Sherman’s predations and by more recent preservationists from the advances of “modernization.”

The stop at Riverwalk Landing will afford guests the opportunity to visit Yorktown and other points of interest in the HisRiverwalkYorktown-Landing-from-rivertoric Triangle.

The Clelia II is just one of several dockings at Yorktown’s pier during the autumn months.  Yorktown continues to gain popularity as a small-ship cruising port-of-call, which in turn helps to boost tourism throughout the area. 

The tentative Yorktown port call schedule for the fall is as follows:
        *9/27/09  – American Eagle
        *10/4/09  – American Eagle
        *10/4/09  – Clelia II
        *10/11/09 – American Eagle
        *10/18/09 – American Eagle
        *10/26/09 – American Star
        *11/2/09  – American Spirit
        *11/8/09  – American Spirit

“Rhythms on the Riverwalk” Yorktown VA

RiverwalkLandingConcertSeries The fifth annual “Rhythms on the Riverwalk” concert series kicks off this weekend at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown. The weekly concert series will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in historic Yorktown.
This five-week concert series will once again feature some of the area’s finest in jazz, big band and swing. The series will be held on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 11 and running through Oct. 9.



This series is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown. Signage to direct motorists to parking lots will be in place.
No rain dates are scheduled for “Rhythms on the Riverwalk.” In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520. For more information on “Rhythms on the Riverwalk” or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism  . Sponsored by York County.

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Yorktown, VA- "Shagging on The Riverwalk" 2009

shaggingatriverwalk Shagging on the Riverwalk is a  summer concert series held at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown and features some of the area’s finest beach music, Motown, oldies and more. Guests have the opportunity to practice the “shag” on the large outdoor dance floor, and all are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free and open to the public.

This gathering is truly fun and exciting for anyone who really appreciates the shag. Back by popular demand for a fourth straight year, York County is excited to offer the 2009 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series. Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in historic Yorktown.

shaggingyorktown The series will be held on Friday’s from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 5, and continuing through June 26. Following a two-week break, the series picks up on July 17 and continues through August 7.

The Colonial Shag Club will once again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and answer any questions related to this popular form of dance. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes, as one of the area’s largest outdoor dance floors will give you the opportunity to practice your shagging.
For the kids, a clown will be present each week to provide free face painting and balloons.
June 5 – TFC Band
June 12 – The Main Event Band
June 19 – Fatback and The Cadillacs
June 26 – The Original Rhondels
– – – – – 2 Week Break – – – – –
July 17 – Coolin’ Out
July 24 – FAB
July 31 – The Band of Oz
August 7 – Ron Moody and the Centaurs

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration
Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown.

YorktownRiverwalkLanding1 No rain dates are scheduled for Shagging on the Riverwalk. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520. For more information on Shagging on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism  . Sponsored by York County, VA.

If you don’t know what " Shagging or Beach Music is watch this medley showcasing Local Musician Bill Deal and the Rhondels. Bill Deal passed suddenly in 2003 and we lost one of the great Beach singers of his time..Most Folks think the Rhondels were one-hit wonders but the truth is that they had 3 Top 40 hits to their credit; "I’ve Been Hurt", "May I" and Who Do You Think You Are.

I guess I am showing my age as I remember him playing at a high school prom when I was growing up in VA Beach.

Location Map for Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, VA

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