The Morgans chose New Town in Williamsburg/ James City County…

The “welcoming, charming people of New Town” in Williamsburg VA are among the reasons Ellen and John Morgan moved into the community a year ago. Ellen did online research when John accepted a call to become the senior pastor at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. They were looking for a walkable, environmentally friendly neighborhood that would offer some restaurants for two foodies to enjoy. Realtor John Womeldorf (Mr Williamsburg) of Liz Moore & Associates led them to New Town. John claims they were “predestined” to live here. The Morgans new home in New Town

Ellen, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. John hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They met in the choir at Grove City College in northwestern Pennsylvania. Ellen earned a degree in chemistry and works today as a technical consultant from her home office. After graduation they headed to Princeton where John earned his M.Div. Since then Ellen and John have lived in Minnesota, New Jersey and York, Pennsylvania where John served as a pastor in Presbyterian churches. Along the way their family grew with the addition of (now) 25 and 22 year old daughters and a cat. Both daughters are nearby – one in Washington, D.C. and the other in Baltimore. The cat, Cookie, is now 6. She is an indoor cat who decided to go “out" once the Morgans moved to New Town. Cookie was “out" for a week. During the search for Cookie, Ellen and John met many of their New Town neighbors.

John and Ellen Morgan

imageEllen and John spend two weeks each summer enjoying Chautauqua in New York State. Ellen grew up attending Chautauqua and introduced John to it. (Google Chautauqua if it is new to you!) Now John volunteers with religious services while they are there. A special feature of Chautauqua is the lack of automobiles – people walk or bike.

For eighteen years John has practiced the “Round Table Pulpit”. He has brought this program of collaborative preaching to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Fifteen congregation members meet once a week for six weeks to discuss the Bible text for the following Sunday. The sermon grows out of these sessions.

Both Ellen and John find ours to be a community of relationships and volunteering. Ellen notes that having our garages at the rear of houses keeps us from driving into the garage and walking into our homes without ever setting a foot outside our front doors. Because we cannot simply drive away from the front of our houses, we meet our neighbors. Perhaps good garages make good neighbors…

Their front yard view

By Betsy Darling

Reprinted from the New Town Crier

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I love Williamsburg !
Being “Mr. Williamsburg” and starting my web site in 2004 has been a great way for me to help people looking for homes for sale, communities and an “insider knowledge.” of the area.
Turned out I was onto something. Because I offer in-depth information and up-to-the-minute blogging, even international clients have found me. One couple, moving back to the States from France, told me that a post I wrote blog about grocery shopping in Williamsburg convinced them that Williamsburg was the place to be, and that I was the best source by far that they found on the web.
I’m happy to say that I hear similar comments from many of my clients looking for homes throughout Williamsburg and Hampton Roads.
I grew up in Virginia Beach, Va, After attending college, I worked at a number of positions including manager of a land development and construction company and business manager of a cut flower business that we grew in sales from $300,000 to $15 million (we were supplier to Whole Foods and one of the first cut flower suppliers to Costco).
In 2004, it seemed like a good time to simplify my life. I moved my family from Annapolis to Williamsburg. I went into real estate with Liz Moore and Associates, and was one of the initial agents when Liz opened her Williamsburg branch.
My sons Zach and Josh attend Lafayette High School and Hornsby Middle School and are crazy about sports and the outdoors.
I feel lucky to be living the dream, and saving two to four hours by not driving on the DC beltway every day. So, I can now spend my time with family while concentrating on learning — and sharing — information about living in Williamsburg.
In real estate, no two people or transactions are the same. Everything’s a challenge, and I’m rewarded every time in close a transaction and have the opportunity to see the smiles on clients’ faces.
Please email or call me for assistance with any real estate questions about the area
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