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It’s Just Being Here ( our thoughts on moving to Williamsburg , Virginia)

This was a testimonial written by one of my clients. It so edifies Colonial Williamsburg and all it has to offer and in todays times is something positive that I felt it needed to be shared.


It’s Just Being Here….”

Those are the words my husband and I have used over the years to describe our flood of sensations upon arrival in Williamsburg each time we visit.  Like many, we’ve come countless times over the years. Our children grew up vacationing here. Whether by car or plane, it’s always the same, as we travel the roads leading to Williamsburg. Trying in vain to express what we love; the sight and smells of the York river as we travel the Parkway, the pine-rich wooded areas along the way, the architecture & symmetry of CW, the smell of wood burning fires, the bustle of activity. Giving up, we just glance at each other and sum it up it again- “it’s just being here”. 

Wanting to capture that feeling when we moved from Maryland to Georgia three years ago, we searched the MLS for any Williamsburg reproduction homes south of Atlanta, without success. Undaunted, we decided to build, and, armed with house plans, we looked for suitable property. Our search came to a screeching halt literally, when we were shocked to see a faithful reproduction of… the George Wythe house!  It wasn’t on the market but we pulled over to admire the perfectly reproduced symmetry and understated elegance of that incomparable house; Flemish bond brick, period appropriate detached garage and a dependency building situated on almost an acre of landscaped property. We knew it well. A piece of Williamsburg. Amazingly, our agent knew the family and these fellow Williamsburg lovers offered the house to us for purchase. 

 The Wythe house balustrade staircase and moldings throughout, 3 fireplaces, wide plank floors and period details provided exactly the right ambiance. We renovated the kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and added a 4-square herb garden in door yard of the dependency. For three years, it has almost been “being there”.

  Interestingly, after years of vacationing in Williamsburg with our children, it appeared they did not share our passion for the area. (Their interests revolved around the animals and candy shop, can anyone relate?) So, recently when my daughter became engaged, we were surprised to receive an email from her with these words “Mom, what do you think of an outdoor wedding in CW?” The wedding is set for May 2009 in the fountain garden across from the Williamsburg Lodge..

The next step is for us to really “be there”, and permanently.  So our piece of Williamsburg in Georgia is now on the market. And our story has come full-circle.  We were fortunate enough to discover Mr. Williamsburg (literally! www.mrwilliamsburg.com), John Womeldorf, who has patiently  helped us scout out dozens of neighborhoods, and given us all the “insider knowledge” we needed to make a  selection of which Williamsburg neighborhood we will eventually call home.

 Yes, it really is… just being here. 

 Erin and Art Ruitberg, Griffin Ga soon to be Williamsburg VA…..

Here is a link to the listing for our current George Wythe Home currently on the market in Georgia


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