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
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