History & Historical District Information
Williamsburg is currently home to approximately 1300 people. It has a rich history dating back to the late 1700's founded by Jacob Ake. This is the oldest borough within Blair County and was once home to the Blair County Children's Home. At one time the Pennsylvania Railroad came through town but the railway has been replaced by the popular Rails to Trails. Williamsburg was also once home to the Westvaco Paper Mill which was closed in the 1970's. Until recently MeadWestvaco operated an envelope factory in town providing employment opportunities to area residents. That factory was bought by Cenveo in 2011. Other nearby employers include Grannas Brothers and Cove Forge.
Kendra Brubaker did some research and found the following: "This is what I have been told. I am not saying this is officially how we became the Blue Pirates, but this is what people have told me:
"Legend has it that when the river was functional as a way of transporting goods to Williamsburg, pirates invaded the boats and stole the goods. As the captains were getting tired of losing their goods and their income, they decided to pour blue dye overboard onto the pirates. When people saw these pirates elsewhere, they would shout, "there goes the Williamsburg Blue Pirates!"
I was also told that we used to be called "The Little Giants" In the 40's they decided to have a name the team contest and "The Blue Pirates" were born."
Historical District Information:
Williamsburg has been added to the 1995 National Register for historical sites. Click on "Williamsburg Borough Historical District" to open up and read the nomination form that was submitted for this. Listed below is the link to the Historic District map for the Williamsburg Borough. As you read through the nomination form, you will learn of Williamsburg's rich history - including the structural design of the town and the architecture of the homes and what era they are. At the end of the document, you will find pictures of various places in the town that are mentioned throughout the narrative. After reading the form, one will understand and will take away from it the historical significance of Williamsburg.