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Swimming

Over 65 years, Granger family explores what makes Williamsburg home

Over 65 years, Granger family explores what makes Williamsburg home

Gil Granger remembers Williamsburg before Richmond Road was lined with diverse restaurants, when the city had a single bank and the lone swimming pool came with a caveat: “Whites only.”

Much has changed.

He came to town after graduating from high school in Philadelphia in 1953, drawn to the College of William and Mary because of its relatively high percentage of women in attendance — or simply put, more opportunities for dating.

It may have been the best decision of his life. As a photographer for the school’s Flat Hat newspaper, he went on to snap pics of the co-ed of the week who would become his wife, Connie. And beyond finding love,...

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