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George Wythe House, Williamsburg

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The Wythe House is a historic house on the Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg, in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. Built in the 1750s, it was the home of George Wythe, signer of the Declaration of Independence and father of American jurisprudence. The property was declared a National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970.
The Wythe House once belonged to George Wythe's father-in-law, Richard Taliaferro. The house was constructed between 1752 and 1754 and was conceived as a whole with no additions made to the rectangular two story structure. The house was built during a period of time when the Governor's Palace was being renovated.
The house remained as the sole household of Taliaferro when his daughter Elizabeth married George Wythe in 1755. The couple received the house as a wedding present from Taliafero and they received a life tenancy upon his death in 1779. Elizabeth lived here until her death in 1787, and George moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1791 to serve as a judge.
The house served as headquarters for General George Washington - September 14 to 17, and 22 to 28, 1781 - prior to the Siege of Yorktown.
The house saw several subsequent owners. In 1926 the Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, Rector of adjoining Bruton Parish Church, established his offices on the second floor after the Parish acquired the building for church use. Dr. Goodwin is known as the "Father of Colonial Williamsburg." Colonial Williamburg officially obtained the property in 1938, and in 1939 the interior was restored to the form and appearance the Wythe family would have known. See George Wythe House and all Williamsburg has to offer by arranging your trip with our Williamsburg trip planner.
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  • George Wythe is a man worth learning more about. He was the first American law professor, a noted classics scholar, and a Founding Father of the United States and a Virginia judge. A tour of his... 
    George Wythe is a man worth learning more about. He was the first American law professor, a noted classics scholar, and a Founding Father of the United States and a Virginia judge. A tour of his...  more »
  • Preserved nicely and wonderful people sharing history. This well maintained and authentic set rooms lets you feel how it was in that time period. Wonderful to know the history of early americans that....  more
    Preserved nicely and wonderful people sharing history. This well maintained and authentic set rooms lets you feel how it was in that time period. Wonderful to know the history of early americans that....  more »
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  • What we could see of it was wonderful. All second floors closed due to the pandemic. Interpretors fabulous.
  • Cool place to go. One of the homes of the American founding. Had a lot of fun there.

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