Williamsburg New Mexico welcomes weary travelers off I-25 (via exit 75). The little town came to be in 1950, when some folks in Truth or Consequences moved next door in protest of the new name! Three residential areas just southwest of and adjacent to Hot Springs (now Truth or Consequences) voted to incorporate as a village and take the name of the first mayor, Dr. Thomas B. Williams—a very colorful character on the local political and social scene.
Williamsburg citizens even voted to adopt the name “Hot Springs” (since it was no longer being used by their neighbors), but the idea never caught on, and about a year later the name was changed back to Williamsburg. The post office in Williamsburg was established in 1951.
The Village of Williamsburg has progressed with a modern municipal services complex, and utility services are provided for its residents through contracts with the City of Truth or Consequences.
There is a small park on the west end of the village, a motel, two RV parks, several convenience stores with gasoline and diesel, and a long-established antique business. Many of Williamsburg’s residents are retirees who like the small village atmosphere.
The “old” state highway (187), a picturesque southbound route that serves as an alternative to I-25, is accessed via Williamsburg. Highway 187 between Williamsburg and Caballo is part of BOTH Sierra County Scenic Byways!