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Established in 1693, the College of William & Mary is the second-oldest educational institution in the United States; just a few decades younger than the prestigious Harvard University. Commissioned by King William III and Queen Mary II, the college received royal patronage until 1776, when it was declared as a public establishment. A public research university since 1906, the college currently has a strength of nearly 8,500 students and offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate courses. Set amidst a beautiful 1,200 acre (485.62 hectares) campus, the property is home to a multitude of historical pieces of architecture such as the Earl Gregg Swem Library, the Matoaka Amphitheater, and the Crim Dell bridge. Most notable alumni include Robert M. Gates, Mike Tomlin, Christina Romer, John Stewart and David M. Brown.
New Town is a 365-acre complex that manages to be a residential area, shopping mecca and entertainment center in one. It was designed to have everything one could need in an accessible space, making it a great place to eat out, or go on a shopping spree. There's a seemingly endless list of shopping options, restaurants, activities and professional services. Be prepared to lose a day in New Town - there are plenty of things to do, see and eat.
There's plenty to do in this charming riverside town. There are many small cafes, shops and restaurants that visitors can spend an entire day exploring; often, there are markets held by the river. There are also many historically-significant points of interest to learn about that revolve around the Civil War and the American Revolution.