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Governor's Palace, Williamsburg

4.7
#4 of 11 in Historic Sites in Williamsburg
See where royal governors and the state's first two elected governors, including Thomas Jefferson, once lived. Governor's Palace gives insight into how Virginia’s powerful men lived in colonial times. Destroyed by a fire in 1781, the current palace has been reconstructed based on the original foundation and archaeological evidence that survived the fire. Walk in the footsteps of some of Virginia’s most influential men as you explore the many lavish rooms decorated with weaponry from the period. In the gardens behind the palace, guides in period dress perform re-enactments of historical events that took place here. The guided tour is a must. By using our Williamsburg day trip website , you can arrange your visit to Governor's Palace and other attractions in Williamsburg.
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  • Great home to see and the gardens are a must to see The history of the place is fun to hear. This is a reconstructed building but they tell you they have built it on the same foundation as the origina...  more »
  • Where else can you take a little girl and walk through a REAL(ish) palace where 18th century nobles once lived and worked? Nowhere else in Virginia!  more »
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  • Enjoyed seeing how they used to make chocolate. It was made in colder months because it melts. Good food to send with soldiers because it provides energy has had good shelf light. Not many Virginians could afford this treat very often. It was a delicacy.
  • There is so much to see here! Start with the tour then go explore the other areas on your own. There is a maze in the back that we had fun with. This is a beautiful look at the history of our country. The kitchen was also fun to see and ask questions about. You can easily spend over an hour here.

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