Fun Facts About Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg's Governors Palace

Facts About Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg, VA is a small town that played a big part in our nation’s history. It’s here in this humble city we call home that the story of our nation’s birth began to take shape with the idea of freedom.

But despite its prominent place in the history books, Williamsburg is as approachable and friendly as any town could get. Even here at Busch Gardens, we so often hear locals welcoming visitors and offering their take on the best places to eat, the must-see things to do and sharing some fun facts about Williamsburg, a place we’re all proud to call home.

Here are a few of those facts we’ve gathered to help make your Williamsburg family vacation even more memorable.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Williamsburg is a place where old-world roots and American history combine with warm Southern charm. Here are a few fun facts about Williamsburg to help you enjoy your next visit our town even more.

  • You can tour the James River plantations along beautiful Virginia Route 5 Scenic Byway in Charles City County, but check this out: you won’t find a single city in Charles City County. Strange!
  • Williamsburg was founded as “Middle Plantation” in 1632, but changed its name to Williamsburg in 1699 in honor of King William.
  • As the capital of Virginia, Williamsburg was the political and social focal point of America from 1699-1779, until Richmond became the Capital of Virginia.
  • The Wren building of the College of William & Mary is the oldest college building in the United States – sorry Harvard, even older than you. Construction began in 1695, and it still in use despite three fires that damaged the building in 1705, 1859 and 1862.

Facts for kids

Williamsburg facts for kids

Who said history belonged in books? Not us, here you can walk in the same footsteps as some of the biggest names in US history – and even meet a few of them at Colonial Williamsburg.

  • Thanks to a new interactive spy game at Colonial Williamsburg called RevQuest, kids can have a great time learning about history by being a part of it. If you’ve got kids who are all about games, this is a great way to give them a hearty helping of Williamsburg facts and history served up in a way that makes learning fun.
  • The Colonial Williamsburg’s Rare Breed program is a great place to meet some unusual animals common to farms in the 1700s but who are pretty rare today, including American Cream Draft Horses, Leicester Longwool Sheep and American Milking Red Devons – breeds each with less than 1000 animals registered in the US. Here’s a fun Williamsburg fact if you visit: the American Cream Draft horses are the only draft horses that originate in the US.
  • For the brave, you can take a candlelight ghost tour of Williamsburg. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
  • Pocahontas grew up in nearby Jamestown. Today, visitors can explore this area with with a free ferry ride between Jamestown and Scotland, VA. 


Fun Fact

Fun fact about Williamsburg

Here’s one of our favorite fun facts about Williamsburg, one you’ll notice just driving down the road: Williamsburg is packed with pancake houses. So many, in fact, that you could eat every meal at a different pancake house during your entire Williamsburg family vacation and still not try them all. In other words, come hungry!

One thing’s for sure, that means there are plenty of great places to fuel your fun for a day at Busch Gardens, or get a hearty start before heading out to immerse yourself in our city’s rich, historic past.