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. 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 a daunting collection of outlet stores, local breweries and distilleries, an arts district, Busch Gardens amusement park — which offers a special William & Mary day in October — and High Street and New Town, which offer convenient access to restaurants, shopping and movie theaters. Next to campus at the corner of Prince George Street and Richmond Road are a popular cluster of delis, pubs and taverns. Those preferring daintier sandwiches often head to 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