Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Construction begins on new event venue in James City County

(WYDaily/Courtesy of The Maine of Williamsburg)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of The Maine of Williamsburg)

Here’s something to look forward to: Construction has begun on a new wedding, event and retreat venue in James City County.

It’s called The Maine of Williamsburg, or simply The Maine.

It will be 9,000 square feet of indoor space on a 20-acre parcel, which is part of a working a farm totaling more than 100 acres in the county, according to a news release from James City County.

The Maine is at 2580 John Tyler Highway, and is scheduled to open in 2021.

Here’s another deal: It’s now accepting bookings.

“I am excited for The Maine to begin construction and then open in the Berkeley District,” said James City County Supervisor Ruth Larson. “The addition of a new multipurpose event venue will contribute positively to our local economy.”

County officials tout The Maine as combining “rustic charm with southern elegance and features thoughtful amenities to create successful events.”

It will feature a grand hall with a wood-burning fireplace, outdoor veranda, sunroom with a 1,500 -square-foot covered patio as well as a warming kitchen and audio-visual equipment for use.

Two separate dressing suites will be available for weddings. All indoor space will be climate controlled for year-round events. The Maine’s capacity will total 300 including event staff, officials said.

The Maine is owned and operated by Crystal Wilson and Tracy Hannigan. Wilson, Hannigan and the staff of The Maine have more than 60 years of professional event planning experience from community events, special events and corporate retreat planning.

“We are excited to begin construction with our local builder, David Nice Builders, whose expertise in millwork will provide The Maine with the rustic ambiance we wanted,” Wilson said in a prepared statement. “We cannot wait to begin hosting events next year and working with local vendors to provide memories that will last a lifetime.”

The Maine represents an estimated investment of $2 million and will receive incentives from the James City County Tourism Zone, including permit fee waivers and incremental grants following completion of their project, officials said.

It’s the first project to use incentives from the Tourism Zone, which was adopted in 2012.

For more information, visit The Maine’s website or Facebook page.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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