from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An independent city of southeast Virginia northwest of Newport News. Settled c. 1632, it was the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1779 but declined after the capital was moved to Richmond. In 1926 a large-scale restoration project, financed mainly by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was begun, in which some 700 modern buildings were removed, 83 colonial buildings were renovated, and more than 400 buildings were reconstructed on their original sites. The city is now a popular tourist center and the seat of William and Mary College (established 1693).


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  • Text WILLIAMSBURG to 71593 for alerts about Williamsburg and James City County. - Breaking news

  • WILLIAMSBURG - A section of Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg will likely remain closed until the end of January while repair work continues on the road damaged in last month's nor'easter.

    The Shad Plank

  • WILLIAMSBURG - After consultation with the Food & Drug Administration, The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg has initiated a voluntary recall of several lots of pistachio products which may be contaminated with Salmonella.


  • WILLIAMSBURG - Beginning today, residents and visitors to Williamsburg will have a new way to get around the city - one that transportation officials hope will become an attraction in itself.


  • WILLIAMSBURG - Borough Council members agreed unanimously to bring a suspended Williamsburg police officer back to the force, but not in the same capacity in which he once served.

    The Altoona Mirror

  • The 73-room hotel in Williamsburg is one of two alternative projects that the city is considering for the financing.

    Hotel Plan Questioned

  • "I'm not sure subsidizing a boutique hotel in Williamsburg is the best use of resources right now," said Bettina Damiani, project director at Good Jobs New York, a nonprofit that scrutinizes the city's economic development projects.

    Hotel Plan Questioned

  • This quote from Pete in Williamsburg is dead on & worth repeating.


  • I live in Williamsburg, which isn't so much a neighborhood as a 24/7 white-people hair show.


  • CNN -- For some, the name "Williamsburg" conjures images of people wearing tricorner hats and churning butter.


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