The History of Our Inn
Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast in Williamsburg, Virginia is the former home of the retired Dean of the School of Law at William and Mary. You will notice the bricks the house was built with contain initials; these initials are from the indentured servants who made the bricks back in the 1700s. The bricks came from an 18th century courthouse that was torn down during the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg historic area.
The historic Virginia home was turned into a bed and breakfast in 1994 by Wilmot and Diane Philips. Mr. Philips, an architect, personally oversaw the transition from a home to a B&B. The Philips ran the inn for a decade before retiring and handing it off to Karen and Ron Watkins. Ron spent 30 years in the United States Air Force and although he retired in 2007, is back at work in a consulting position, which has made Karen very happy! Once a commander, always a commander. When not working Ron enjoys flying, riding his 1985 BMW K100, and skeet shooting. Karen enjoys cooking and hosting as well as gardening and reading.
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