My name is Laurie Brown Allen. Williamsburg Native is dedicated to all of the things that make me love my hometown.  I was just plain lucky to be born in a place that draws people from all over the world. People come to learn about America’s colonial history, study at the college, play at world-class theme parks, or reside in one of the city’s many fine retirement communities. It’s a small town with a cosmopolitan feel and more cultural and recreational activities than most working people can find time to take part in.It was at a summer job at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center that I began to understand how beloved this town is by so many. I lost count of the people who had traveled the world and told me “we want to retire here some day.”  What I took for granted, many coveted. So, after graduation from William and Mary, I was thrilled to accept a job in Colonial Williamsburg’s curatorial department, where I could use my Fine Arts degree and continue to live in this beautiful place.

After a major career change and a couple of jobs later, I still live and work in Williamsburg. Sometimes I wonder why people find so many things to complain about in one of the local newspapers. Even worse, they gripe anonymously, with no recourse for the target of their grievances. That’s why I decided to start this blog. It’s a gift I can give back to the community I love. You won’t find complaints here, only suggestions for finding the best Williamsburg has to offer to visitors and residents alike.


  1. Love the site. Will know a lot more about where to go when we return to your lovely town,

  2. Jane T. Ford says

    Laurie, i love your wonderful descriptions of all the places in Williamsburg that are virtually unknown to those of us who live nearby in Richmond. You have given us lots of things to explore on our next visit to your home town. I remember Williamsburg in the 30’s and 40’s when we would drive down every Christmas to see the city all candlelit at night. We could drive all over town and park and dine wherever we wanted to. Williamsburg and Savannah are my very favorite U. S. cities. Will be looking forward to your future writings. Mama Jane

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