Some resources for tracking food-related businesses in Willamsburg

Virginia Department of Health Website (current restaurant inspection records) 

Swem Special Collections Wiki for our class: 

Business stats on current restaurants/stores: ReferenceUSA database (through Swem website) 

Local directories:

Directory and handbook of the city of Williamsburg and the county of James City (Swem, CW) 1898

Hill’s Williamsburg City Directory (Swem) 1957, 1959-60, 1962-73

Williamsburg City Directory (Swem, CW) 1959-60, 1963, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1984-1988, 1990-1994, 1997

Peninsula Cross-Reference Directory: Hampton-Newport News and Vicinity (Swem) 1972-1985

Williamsburg (Polk) Directory (Swem) 1983

Cross-Reference Directory (Swem) 1986-2002

Williamsburg, Virginia, Polk City Directory (Swem, CW) 1996-2008

Virginia Business Directory (Swem) 2003-04

City Publish Cross-Reference Directory (Swem) 2004-5

Hill-Donnelly Cross-Reference Directory (Swem) 2006-7

 Local papers:

Flat Hat (Swem)

VA Gazette (Swem)  

Recent Williamsburg Demographic/Economic information: 

Virginia Employment Commission’s Community Profile of the City of Williamsburg  

Suggestions for further research: 

All businesses need state tax number, so need to be registered w/the state.  Also consider contacting Williamsburg/JCC/York Co. municipalities. The Library of Virginia holds Virginia State Corporation Commission records from 1870-1981 on microfilm, though this would only help for businesses with corporate charters.


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