Williamsburg, in the southwest part of Franklin County along Old Hwy 50 and I-35 with a population of 397 was established as a railroad town in 1868. William Schofield and James F. Dane platted the town, and Schofield promoted a railroad, the Kansas City, Burlington, and Santa Fe, which ran down from Ottawa. The Dan Fogle family, who arrived in 1869, were important citizens, operating a general store and involving themselves in other local industries, such as coal mining. At one time the Williamsburg Coal Company had a capacity of 25-30 tons of high grade coal a day which was marketed daily to consumers within a 20 to 50 miles radius. There are several interesting homes and churches to view within the area. In recent years, a barbeque restaurant, Guy & Mae's Tavern, has brought state and regional recognition to the community. Southwest of Williamsburg stood Silkville, a silk ribbon producing commune founded by Earnest Valeton de Boissiere, a wealthy native of Bordeaux, France. Mulberry trees, planted to feed the silkworms, can still be seen.
Williamsburg Christmas in Toyland Holiday Weekend
Celebrate a holiday weekend in the heart of downtown Williamsburg on Saturday, December 5, 2015 for our annual Christmas Parade and Soup Dinner beginning at 4:00 p.m. with special guest Santa and Mrs. Claus. Then come back Sunday, December 6, 2015 for our Holiday Homes Tour and Tea. Event on Sunday begins at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tea and cookies will be served at Past the Time Antique and Coffee Shop. Tickets are available at Past the Time or Participating Home.
West Franklin Learning Center DIY Creations
The West Franklin Learning Center is making Fun DIY Projects. They are taking orders now and have several items that would make great gifts for the upcoming holiday. If you would like to order one of the items please fill out the order form below.
2014 Consumer Confidence Water Report
The 2014 Consumer Confidence Water Report is now available here. If you would like to request a paper copy of the report you may contact Williamsburg City Hall at 785-746-5578