Meet Your Newsworthy Neighbors - Living Right Here in Williamsburg, Virginia

Who needs Hollywood gossip? You’ve got celebrities living right next door! Below you’ll find many people in the Williamsburg area who have made the news or accomplished great things worthy of our recognition. Meet some of Williamsburg’s most intriguing neighbors!

Canaan Smith – Graduate from Lafayette High School and Rising Country Music Star!

Zach McDonnell – Freshman at William & Mary will be a contestant on Jeopardy College Championships!

Mamie Gummer – This up-and-coming actress is the first Colonial Williamsburg Artist in Residence. She will debut appear in a historic role as Lady Charlotte Dunmore in “Lady Dunmore Prepares for the Ball” on May 1, 2010!

Mike Tomlin – This Pittsburgh Steelers head coach led the team to their 6th Super Bowl victory in 2009, making headlines across the nation. But did you know he has roots in Virginia… and that he attended the College of William & Mary?

Ed Moran – Former cross country star at the College of William & Mary, Ed finished 10th overall in the 2011 ING New York Marathon! Hope to see you in the Olympics Ed!

Ari Cukierman – Physics/Math double major at William & Mary, claimed the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy this year. We wish you luck in your graduate studies!

Mike Zeigler – “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” Mike Zeigler wants to be a millionaire! But he’ll settle for $25 grand. It seems our neighbors have been lucky lately. Who knows, maybe you’re next!

Debra & Keith Gordon – They love wine so much they wrote a book about it! Find out what makes this Williamsburg couple’s book Wine on Tuesdays such a great read for wine enthusiasts on any budget!

Joseph Burns – This York County resident recently had the joy of winning the lottery! Joseph Burns won the Virginia Lottery’s August 18, 2008 Cash 5 drawing. His five numbers just happened to make him the lucky winner.

Tyler Perkins – When this 11-year-old Green Bay Packers fan met the legendary Brett Favre, it was a dream come true — not only as an admiring fan, but as the surviving son of his late father, a devoted Packers fan.

Nancy Thomas – Nationally known and local artist, Nancy Thomas, works from studios in Williamsburg and Yorktown, VA. Her skilled ornament craftmanship landed her a designated place on the 2007 White House Christmas tree!

Ashley Tartar – Read about Ashley Tartar’s single handed quest to save Christmas! Her “It’s OK Wish Me A Merry Christmas” campaign was a nationwide effort, making the news on several occasions.

Gaetano “Nino” Galoppo – Italian Sculptor and Artisan, Nino Galoppo creates intricate porcelain flowers for tourists and locals in Williamsburg, VA. A world-class artist here in Williamsburg!

Sean Lissemore – A defensive end for The College of Willliam & Mary’s team, Sean Lissemore was signed by the Dalls Cowboys during the seventh round in the 2010 draft.

Adrien Tracy – The next time you’re watching a Giants game, look for our very own Adrien Tracy, who played defensive end for William & Mary before being drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.

R.J. Archer – Another William & Mary graduate, R.J. Archer signed as an undrafted free agent to the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.

David Caldwell – An undrafted free agent who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and hails The College of William & Mary as his alma mater.

Do you know someone who lives in James City County or neighboring areas who should be spotlighted on this page?