Williamsburg, VA

"The kindest people ever live here"

Old-fashioned horse drawn carriage rides are a staple in Williamsburg’s historic district. (Credit: Dawn Bird-Seward)

We were sent to Williamsburg by Uncle Sam and fell in love with this town. It has a small-town atmosphere, despite its rapidly-growing population. It is a town filled with history, culture, never ending activities for all ages, and the most amazing people ever! Every business, restaurant, and hotel maintains their property with beautiful seasonal flowers and decorations. Nearly every business is pet friendly and most restaurants have outdoor patios for dining. There are innumerable beautiful parks, walking trails and the historic district is one of the best places to walk as the streets are blocked off to traffic. You can walk among horses and carriages, or stop to chat with Thomas Jefferson, George or Martha Washington. The people are absolutely amazing. Everyone is genuinely happy, friendly, and honest. All business employees are joyful, friendly, and talkative during your visit.

Stories About Williamsburg

The family that became our Scrabble buddies and best friends after seeing a Scrabble ornament on our Christmas tree! (Dawn Bird-Seward)

During our initial move to Williamsburg, many neighbors stopped by to introduce themselves and bring goodies, including homemade apple butter and a two-layer chocolate cake! They offered advice and directions. Everyone walks here, for exercise and to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and we met many neighbors while walking. Everyone stops to chat and share. We had a Christmas party the first year we were here and invited all our neighbors. After one family saw a Scrabble ornament on our tree, we became best friends and played innumerable games of Scrabble. We are still best friends after 15 years! We retired 15 years after moving here, electing to move into a condo complex that has the nicest neighbors of all ages. One neighbor is the designated “welcoming committee” and personally welcomes each new resident, offering advice and friendship. We have a community bulletin board and the neighbors have a monthly luncheon, usually trying out a new restaurant that has opened. We also have a community Bible study several times a year.

We walk in the historic district daily and have met the kindest people, both locals and tourists alike. There is a Liberty Lounge in the historic district where active duty and retired military can meet for some air conditioning or heat, tea, coffee, or water. There is always good conversation and camaraderie in this place. The area has the most courteous drivers we have ever encountered; in fact, there has not been a traffic fatality in this town for over two years. We volunteer at a Christian outreach center that has a huge volunteer staff and have made many good friends here as well. Busch Gardens Williamsburg was just named the most beautiful theme park in America! We are so happy here!

Beauty and greenery is everywhere you look here in Williamsburg. (Credit: Dawn Bird-Seward)