The original King & Queen Motel sign can still be seen from Richmond Road today.

History of King & Queen Apartments

Built in 1964 by brothers Whit and Phil Richardson of Toano, VA, the 26-unit, 2-building apartment complex is located in Historic, Downtown Williamsburg’s Architectural Preservation District next to the College of William & Mary campus.

Owned, managed and maintained by Whit Richardson until 1994, the apartments were originally developed as a motel,  King & Queen Motel, or as was referred to in those days, a “motor inn”.  The 1-bedroom efficiency motel units were rented on a daily or weekly basis to tourists visiting Colonial Williamsburg (aka “CW”).

As tourism to CW steadily grew, the demand for more motels and hotels increased and hotels were built in the area to meet the increasing demand of tourists.  Due to the location of King & Queen, Mr. Richardson changed his business model and began leasing the units on a monthly and yearly basis, meeting the demand of William & Mary students looking for off-campus housing.

Adjacent to campus, King & Queen Apartments, LLC has been a popular off-campus place for William & Mary students to live as it is located closer to some classes than most on-campus dorms.

Jon Stewart with friends at King & Queen in 1983 while attending the College of William & Mary. New York Post, March 5, 2006.

Jon Stewart with friends at King & Queen in 1983 while attending the College of William & Mary. New York Post, March 5, 2006.

About Us

We provide clean, safe and convenient apartments to students attending the College of William & Mary.

Since the beginning, King & Queen has been a family-owned and operated business.

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Whit Richardson, original owner of King & Queen, at the apartments in the 1980’s.