U.S. Department of State

Humelsine Parkway a fitting tribute

In a recent Last Word there was a question regarding the name for St. Rt. 199 around Williamsburg and the suggestion that a new name was needed. The roadway is called the Humelsine Parkway and was named for Carlisle H. Humelsine, president of Colonial Williamsburg, 1958-1977 and chairman, 1977-1985. Along with then Williamsburg Mayor Vernon M. Geddy Jr., Humelsine was instrumental in the planning, development and ultimate construction of Rt. 199.

Two more pieces of information about this very significant individual: during World War II, he served on the staff of Gen. George C. Marshall rising to the rank of colonel at age 29. Afterward he spent six years at the State Department,...