Williamsburg and the Area
With a living museum and an amusement park as the local backdrop.
Williamsburg, Virginia, is approximately 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. and located midway between Richmond and Norfolk on interstate 64. Far from having seen its heyday as the Capital of Virginia in 1698, Williamsburg offers the ideal setting for a modern, collegiate atmosphere.
Adjacent to the campus is Colonial Williamsburg, which along with Jamestown and Yorktown comprise the Historic Triangle. It's like the Bermuda Triangle, but instead of wrecking ships, it provides insights into American History (and W&M students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni get perks with the Collegiate Pass!). Interpreters work at all three sites to teach visitors about the beginnings of representative government and cultural diversity in North America. Duke of Gloucester Street (DoG Street, to students) connects William & Mary to Colonial Williamsburg and forms a preferred corridor for student joggers.
Other nearby attractions include an extensive array of outlet stores, an Anheuser-Busch brewery, Busch Gardens amusement park - which offers a special William & Mary day in October for faculty and students - and New Town, which offers convenient access to restaurants, shopping and a multiplex theater. Next to campus at the corner of Prince George Street and Richmond Road are three restaurants that famously re-spelled deli as "Delly," as in Paul's Delly, the College Delly and the Green Leafe Cafe (which, go figure, is still called a Delly). Those with a daintier appetite for their sandwiches tend to prefer the Cheese Shop on DoG Street. Ask for the house dressing.
Tourists flock to Williamsburg every summer, but William & Mary students have the run of the place during less humid months. Learn more at visitwilliamsburg.com