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To the rest of the world, Williamsburg, Virginia, evokes images of America’s colonial heritage lovingly preserved for posterity in the city’s historic district. Visitors can walk the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and experience what life was like in Virginia’s colonial-era state capital. To its approximately 15,206 residents, however, Williamsburg is also a thriving center of business, culture and higher education. For those who call Williamsburg home, its modern appeal is every bit as strong as that of its history.
The area around Williamsburg was Powhatan Confederacy territory prior to the 17th century. It was originally built and settled as Middle Plantation to defend the eastern Virginia Peninsula from Native attacks. However, the higher location and more pleasant climate eventually led to this settlement becoming the state capital after Jamestown was burned for a second time in 1698. Five years earlier, in 1693, the Reverend James Blair had obtained a royal charter to open the College of William and Mary. The presence of an institution of higher learning offered another advantage Williamsburg now enjoyed over Jamestown. After it officially became the state capital in 1699, streets and a capitol building were constructed as the city became a thriving center of government, higher education and colonial life. It was granted a royal charter as a city in 1722 and remained the state capital until Thomas Jefferson, who was governor at the time, moved the state government to Richmond, which was felt to be less vulnerable to British attack. Interestingly, Williamsburg was home to the nation’s first dedicated psychiatric hospital in the 1770s as well as its first canal project, a never-completed attempt to create a waterway across the Virginia Peninsula.
As expected, Williamsburg’s significance and growth declined after 1780 although the hospital continued to expand and is today the Eastern State Hospital relocated to a modern facility. The original hospital was rebuilt on its original foundation and is now a museum. The College of William and Mary also endured to become a successful modern institution despite economic decline after the Civil War that was serious enough to result in a cessation of operations for a period in the 1880s.
Preservation and Modern Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg owes its present success to the combined visions of John D. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller along with the Reverend William A.R. Goodwin. From the late 1920s onwards, they spearheaded a massive reconstruction project that included replicas and restorations of the colonial city and the addition of excellent art and decorative museums such as the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
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Williamsburg residents and business owners need look no further than Kearney & Sons, Inc for the best in heating and air conditioning service. We’ve been helping customers in the Virginia Peninsula stay comfortable indoors since 1980. Kearney & Sons offers a full complement of services including heating and air conditioning repairs, replacement units, maintenance and new installations. We also provide air quality and energy efficiency solutions intended to enhance your indoor comfort and lower your utility costs as much as possible.
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Our technicians are trained to address all kinds of systems with state-of-the-art knowledge, practical expertise and superior customer service. We understand what it takes to deliver comfortable heating and cooling in Virginia’s challenging climate, and we’re dedicated to ensuring our customers can enjoy their Williamsburg homes and businesses in comfort. Please call today and find out how we can help you get the best in heating and cooling.