Jamestown Settlement
Climbing to the Crows Nest at Jamestown Settlement
Loading Canons at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Helpful Williamsburg City Facts & Vacation Information

In the 17th century, the Jamestown Settlement was established in this remote area of Virginia.  In 1634, the King of England ordered that eight shires be established in the colony of Virginia, one of which was James City.  In 1884, the city became an independent city from James City County, and is today the county seat.  In the early 20th century, restoration was begun on the historical city, bringing the buildings back to their original 18th century appearance.

Enjoy all of this helpful information about this beautiful city when you plan your stay. This information can help decide what activities and sightseeing you may like to do when you plan your family vacation.

City Info:

  • Land Area: 8.7 sq. miles
  • City-owned parks: 2
  • Number of local radio stations: 1 AM; 2 FM

 Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

Major Shopping Areas:

  • Prime Outlets — 5715 Richmond Road
  • The Shops at Carolina — 5425 Richmond Road
  • Outlet Mall — Richmond Road at Centerville
  • Pottery Factory & Williamsburg Pottery Outlets — Route 60 W, Richmond Road, Lightfoot

Major Dining Areas:

  • Richmond Road
  • John Tyler Highway

Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Carter's Grove
  • Jamestown Settlement
  • Yorktown Battlefield
  • Bassett Hall
  • James Geddy House
  • Governor's Palace
  • Presidents Park

Famous Natives and Residents:

  • President George Washington
  • Martha Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Lawrence Taylor (football player)
  • Bruce Hornsby (musician)

Colleges and Universities:

  • College of William and Mary
  • Christopher Newport University — 21 miles
  • Thomas Nelson Community College — 26 miles
  • Old Dominion University — 41 miles
  • Tidewater Community College — 41 miles
  • Norfolk State University — 42 miles
  • Virginia State University — 48 miles
Colonial Williamsburg
We were totally impressed by how well versed the actors were. My 10 year old and 7 year old were riveted by the wig maker, silver smith, book binder and print maker. The visitor's center was also outstanding.
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-- Elizabeth Marouk-Coe - Hastings on Hudson, NY
Colonial Williamsburg
Very interesting & enjoyable
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-- Susan Wyatt - Stanley, North Carolina
Colonial Williamsburg
Lots to see and touch. People were hard to stump about the history there. They had answers for every question the people put to them. Well maintained, clean. Everyone that worked there was willing to help if you were lost with directions or whatever. The meals there were also quite good, and a good priced value. I recommend to go there and wear comfortable walking shoes since there is so much to cover. Or even take 2 days there since it was so big.
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-- Timothy Zacharek - Bear, DE
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