Virginians, not Pilgrims, held first Thanksgiving

Illustration of Berkeley Hundred from "Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History Volume 10" edited by Benson John Lossing and published in 1912.

On Thursday, in the tradition of the Pilgrims, Americans will bow their heads and give thanks before feasting on turkey, stuffing, and cranberries. However, it may be possible that the first official English Thanksgiving in the New World took place not in Plymouth, Massachusetts but in Hampton Roads. According to Graham Woodlief, president of the […]

Photos: Sneak peek inside Christmas Town


Christmas Town doesn’t technically take over Busch Gardens until Friday, but we got a sneak peek inside the park to see what is new this year.   Along with eight million twinkling lights and more than a month of Christmas-themed programming, Christmas Town features many new additions this year, such as a Sesame Street-themed “Forest of […]

Third graders try out interview skills on city firefighters

Matthew Whaley Third grader Braylon Love interviews Senior Firefighter Douglas Bailey. (Courtesy Eric Stone.)

The men and women of the Williamsburg Fire Department make their living fighting the city’s fires, but firefighting is not the only impact they make in the community. Williamsburg firefighters joined Katie Plum’s third grade classroom at Matthew Whaley Elementary School Tuesday, Nov. 15 to be interviewed by students. “They were really excited to have us […]

Mayor Freiling offers message of inclusion at State of the City address

City Council member Barbara Ramsey, Vice-Mayor Scott Foster, Mayor Paul Freiling and Council Member Doug Pons during Thursday's State of the City address.  (Andrew Harris/WYDaily.)

Williamsburg Mayor Paul Freiling offered a message of inclusion in the annual State of the City address Thursday. “We are, and continue to be, an inclusive and welcoming community to all,” said Freiling during his opening remarks.  “Rather than emphasize differences, we will celebrate them.  Rather than excluding anyone, we will look to include everyone. […]

WATA appoints interim executive director

WATA appointed an interim Executive Director Wednesday. (Courtesy WATA.)

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority’s Board of Directors decided on a new interim executive director Wednesday morning. William C. Porter, Jr. agreed to serve as interim executive director by Nov. 9, according to documents shared by WATA at Wednesday’s meeting.  WATA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a resolution to formalize Porter’s appointment until a […]

Partnership proposes Toano pond as water source for JCC

Cranston Mill Pond. (Courtesy Cranston Mill Pond, LLC.)

As James City County searches for a sustainable water supply, two organizations hope their partnership will be able to contribute to the solution. Brent Fultz of Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Land Trust, LLC., and Jeff Corbin of Restorations Systems, LLC., have partnered on a project called Cranstons Mill Pond, LLC.  The team jointly owns Cranston Mill […]

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