Interview Questions

Potential Interview Questions
Classmate Interviewee:
Are you a Williamsburg native?
If not, did you visit Williamsburg as a child?
How far did you travel to visit?
What impressions from that encounter do you have?
If you are a Williamsburg native, why did you choose to attend school locally?
What other schools did you consider?
Do you consider yourself a part of the Williamsburg community at large?
What does or does not make you part of the community?
What local businesses do you frequent most often?
Do you have a car?
If you had a vehicle would you consider frequenting other businesses?
Do you have a job?
Are you on a sports team? At school or in the community?
When you do not eat on campus where do you typically eat? How frequently?
What is your favorite food? Can you remember the first time you ate it? Who introduced you to it?
What are your plans for Spring Break?
Do you know where the closest Native American Reservation is?
Do you know where in Colonial Williamsburg I can find representations of Native Americans?

Local Interviewee:
Are you a native of Williamsburg?
If not, what brought you to Williamsburg?
Do you intend to stay in Williamsburg for the foreseeable future?
What communities within Williamsburg do you consider yourself a member of?
– professional relationships
– civic organizations
– religious organizations
What is the most controversial local event that you can remember?
What were its long-term effects on the City of Williamsburg?
How does tourism affect your daily life?
If you had to divide the community of Williamsburg into segments, how would you divide it?
What businesses do you frequent most often?
What is your least favorite place to visit, the one you dread?
Where do you buy your groceries?
Are there areas of Williamsburg that you do not go into? Why?
What is the most memorable national news event to which you can situate yourself physically and temporally?
– JFK’s assassination?
– The Death of Princess Diana?
– 9/11?
What is your typical leisure activity? What do you do for entertainment? Is it situated in Williamsburg or do you travel outside Williamsburg for leisure?
Outside of Jamestown where can I find Native Americans represented?
Do you know where the closest reservation is?
Do you know the names of the local tribes?


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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