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Governor's Palace, Williamsburg

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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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  • Our guide was excellent, and we really enjoyed the tour. It's just simply quite something, and one of the larger properties to tour. 
    Our guide was excellent, and we really enjoyed the tour. It's just simply quite something, and one of the larger properties to tour.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with all of the history, the description of the families, the life in Williamsburg at the time. The guides were very informative. 
    We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with all of the history, the description of the families, the life in Williamsburg at the time. The guides were very informative.  more »
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  • It was a great tour. We did buy tickets to be able to enter all the buildings that were open on Christmas Day. The entire area and the people that ran the tour were all friendly. The weather was beautiful to be able to walk around and enjoy all the Christmas decorations and wreaths on all the houses. Each house had a different wreath they were made with different fruits and shells, etc. They were absolutely beautiful!
  • Highly recommended! This area is just so beautiful, with a lot of history. There’s so many things to do and see, and the tour was just wonderful, about 30 minutes long, our guide did a fantastic job! Great for kids and adults. And the kids loved the maze too!

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