Almost four hundred years ago, the first permanent English settlement in North America was established along the James River in present-day Virginia. English settlers arrived in three small ships and dropped anchor at Jamestown Island. In the following years as more settlers arrived, a bustling colonial fort was built and the area exploded in population. In 1699, Williamsburg became the capital city of the colony of Virginia. The College of William and Mary was established when a Royal Charter was granted by King William III and Queen Mary II. The dream of freedom and independence was alive in Williamsburg and the city played a singularly important historic role in events leading to the American Revolution.
Williamsburg residents of all ages enjoy an excellent quality of life. The Williamsburg-James City County School District serves approximately 8,200 students in 12 schools. Two major tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, the James and York Rivers, offer scenic nature trails, boating and fishing. Beautiful parks abound in Williamsburg. Quarterpath Park is home to the Quarterpath Recreation Center, a 35,000-square foot facility. The park also features softball fields, a swimming pool, tennis courts and more. Waller Mill Park is the city’s 2,705-acre park situated around its reservoir. The 286-acre lake is open for fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking. Williamsburg is also one of the top 25 golf destinations in the world with 15 challenging championship golf courses.
Within the Historic Triangle are numerous cultural and historical sites. Besides Colonial Williamsburg, residents and visitors alike will enjoy the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Winthrop Rockefeller Archaeology Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Bassett Hall, and Carter’s Grove. Other popular area attractions include Water Country USA, the Williamsburg Winery, Ltd., Music Theatre of Williamsburg, the Century Art Gallery, Williamsburg Field Music and Williamsburg Players. Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers thrilling rides, shows and attractions and was recently named the world’s “Most Beautiful Theme Park.” This European-themed park is a unique combination of 17th century charm and 21st century technology.