The College of William and Mary was chartered in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. The main building, known as the Wren Building, was designed by renowned British architect Sir Christopher Wren and was completed in 1699 to provide a library, classrooms, dining room and chapel. Classes are still held in the Wren Building, and it is the oldest academic building in continuous use in the United States. The two cannons flanking the east entrance seen above were taken from the British after their surrender at nearby Yorktown.

Fans of the AMC series TURN will note that the College of William and Mary is the alma mater of Agent 711 himself - George Washington . Washington earned his surveyor's license at William and Mary and later became chancellor of the college. Thomas Jefferson graduated from William and Mary as did two other presidents - James Monroe and John Tyler. Founding father, patriot, and Philadelphian Ben Franklin was awarded an honory Master of Arts degree from William and Mary. In Season 2 of AMCs TURN The College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg serve as 'Philadelphia' where Major John Andre's headquarters and the Shippen's home is located.

Located within the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, The College of William and Mary publishes a map and self-guided tour that begins at the 'Ancient Campus' where the Wren Building and two other Georgian-style buildings from the early 1700's - the President's House and Brafferton - are located. The Wren building is open to the public daily, but the President's House and Brafferton are not as they continue to be used as the home and office of the college president.

The 'Ancient Campus' of The College of William and Mary is located across Duke of Gloucester Street from Merchant's Square where you can purchase tickets and obtain information about touring Colonial Williamsburg. There are also lots of shops and restaurants here - all in a historic setting - including The College of William and Mary Bookstore and Cafe as well as apparel, home furnishings, gift and specialty shops, and numerous restaurants and eateries of all types and price ranges.

Pictured at the top: The College of William and Mary Sir Christopher Wren Building, ca. 1695-1699, remains in use today by faculty and students.

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The ca. 1732 President's House remains in use to this day.