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Welcome to WIlliamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown!

On behalf of City Council and our residents, welcome to the Greater Williamsburg area. We are a unique community, having the charm of a small town and the sophistication and vibrancy of a 21st-century city. This makes Williamsburg a wonderful place to live and visit. Here you can be a part of the story at Colonial Williamsburg, the internationally renowned living history museum that brings the 18th century to life. Watch skilled tradespeople demonstrate 18th-century craftsmanship, and interact with historic interpreters in a “Revolutionary City” street scene to debate issues that are just as relevant today as during the Revolution. Nearby you will find further opportunities to explore our rich history at Jamestown and Yorktown.

Douglas Pons, Mayor

Williamsburg is also home to William & Mary, one of America’s oldest institutions of higher learning (boasting Thomas Jefferson among its illustrious alumni), and the students and faculty add energy and creativity to our city. Throughout the year we offer an exceptional array of visual and performing arts as well as outstanding shopping and dining. For modern thrills and entertainment, Busch Gardens and Water Country, USA are here, too.

Whatever you choose, I wish you a wonderful stay in our community and extend a warm invitation for you to return.

Finally, Williamsburg is a green community, so you can easily leave your car behind. We’re bike- and pedestrian-friendly, or you can take one of the natural-gas powered shuttle buses or the Williamsburg Trolley. We have championship golf courses—one that is Audubon-certified—and beautiful parks for hiking and kayaking. Williamsburg Farmers Market has been voted one of America’s Favorites for 22 years.

Douglas Pons, Mayor
CITY OF Williamsburg

Ruth Larson


My name is Ruth Larson, and I am the chair of Visit Williamsburg. On behalf of my colleagues, it is our pleasure to roll out the red carpet for you. 

I was born and raised in this community. My first paying job was as a front desk clerk at the Patrick Henry Inn. I fell in love and got married here, raised a family here. I have served on the School Board, and I currently serve as a member of the James City County Board of Supervisors. 

My families’ roots run deep here. I tell you all of that so I can tell you this. I am proud of the people and places of my hometown and if you’re looking to refresh, unwind and relax in a safe and fun environment, I am happy to inform that you have chosen the right place to enjoy life at your pace.

Ruth Larson