An Account of the History of Williamsburg, VA

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Williamsburg: From Past to Present

Williamsburg is an independent city in the northern portion of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia. Situated on the Virginia Peninsula, it is bordered by York County and James City County. The area was established in 1632 as a fortified settlement between the James River and the York River. Previously known as Middle Plantation, the area was much safer to build establishments because of its location on the high ground. In 1693, the College of William and Mary was founded as a school for high education.

When the Statehouse of Jamestown was burnt down again, the capital was again moved to Williamsburg. After a presentation made from the students to the House of Burgesses, it was agreed that the capital would be moved permanently to Middle Plantation. Soon a village was established and the area was renamed Williamsburg after King William III of England. Between 1699 and 1780, Williamsburg was the capital of the Colony and the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1722, a royal charter was granted to Williamsburg as a "city incorporate." It is said that the charter is the oldest in the U.S. The city was the site of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 25, 1776.

During the American Revolutionary War, the capital of the Colony was moved to Richmond because its location in Williamsburg made it susceptible to a British attack. Once the capital was moved, the city went into decline. However, the College of William and Mary and the Public Hospital Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds – the first psychiatric hospital purposely built in the U.S. – continued to expand. During the American Civil War, the college campus was temporarily shut down as most of its student body was enlisted in the Confederate Army. On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Williamsburg of the Peninsula Campaign was fought in Williamsburg and its surrounded areas. The Union troops were able to capture the city the following day and occupied it until September of 1865.

In 1881, the Collis P. Huntington's Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad developed its Peninsula Extension through Williamsburg and its neighboring areas. The extension was a beneficial addition for the farmers and merchants in the area as it helped with traveling and shipping products from the Virginia Peninsula to other parts of Virginia. Education at the College of William and Mary was also restarted with great efforts from President Ewell during and after the Reconstruction period.

In the early 1900s, Williamsburg was a sleepy small town whose residence had no motive of doing anything. Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin of the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg was the exception. He wanted to change the town and give it a purpose. So with the financial support from John D. Rockefeller J. – a philanthropist and heir to Standard Oil – and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, he started one of the largest historic restorations in the U.S. The living-history museum and private foundation, Colonial Williamsburg, was founded as the downtown area was restored and 301-acre of Historic Area was created to celebrate the early history of America.

Today, Colonial Williamsburg is the largest tourist attraction in Virginia. It makes up one of the points in the Historic Triangle, alongside Jamestown and Yorktown. The City of Williamsburg has a total area of 9.1 square miles. 8.9 miles of which is land, and 0.2 square miles is water. According to the 2010 census, there is a total population of 14,068 people living in the area.

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College of William and Mary

The College of William and Mary in Virginia was established on May 7, 1693, by a letter patent from King William III and Queen Mary II. The public research university is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S., right behind Harvard University. Its Marshall-Wythe School of Law is the oldest law school in the nation, and its Sir Christopher Wren Building is the oldest building to be continuously used academically in the U.S. The college features one faculty and four schools. This includes the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mason School of Business, School of Education, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and the School of Marine Science which is also known as the Virginia Insitute of Marine Science. As of 2018, the College of William and Mary has an enrollment of 6,285 undergraduates and 2,455 postgraduate students.

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