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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. See Governor's Palace and all Williamsburg has to offer by arranging your trip with our Williamsburg travel itinerary maker.
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  • The Governor's Palace was our first stop in Colonial Williamsburg. They gave a nice tour explaining about the capital and the things going on during that time period. The guides were knowledgeable abo...  more »
  • This is a very beautiful building full of an incredible amount of history. Although there are not a lot of artifacts the docents and tour guide are very helpful and informative.  more »
  • Be prepared to be wowed when you walk into the front door! I've never seen so many swords, muskets, etc., and the way they are displayed is incredible! Each room within the palace is beautiful and has...  more »
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  • We enjoyed the palace and learned some history. It was very warm. But we enjoyed being in the air conditioning.
  • This was a cool spot to visit. There are all sorts of old historical places in colonial Williamsburg but the "Governors Mansion" is a must see. There are people walking around in old-time costumes and souvenier shops for the kids. Its like stepping back in time.
  • A must see when you are in the area. It's one of those places you could spend a day at and still have missed something historically important. There's some cheaper places to eat in town and the tickets were kind of pricey but I think it was worth it.
  • The collection of muskets, swords, and horse pistols is wonderful. Great teaching tool of the life and customs of the 18th century.
  • Wait for the guided tour. It's worth it. Awesome history here. Also, visit the celler to see some original brick foundation.