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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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  • Very impressive to enter the Governor's Palace to see how royalty lived in colonial times. The restoration and furnishings are just amazing along with very knowledgeable and helpful guides in period a...  more »
  • If you only have time for one thing in Colonial Williamsburg, see the governor's mansion. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and gladly answer any questions. It is one of the attractions that cost...  more »
  • Our tour of the Governor's Palace was wonderful--our tour guide was knowledgeable and dynamic. She had a lot of interesting tidbits to pass along--I always like to hear the human interest stories of t...  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.

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Williamsburg offers lodgings for every taste, including four-star resorts, quaint inns, and budget-friendly hotels. Accommodations in the city's historical district provide easy access to all of the area's major attractions, but they also charge much higher prices than equally comfortable guesthouses in some of the outlying neighborhoods. For a genuine Virginian experience, consider pitching a tent or renting a cottage in one of the area's popular campgrounds, which offer shuttle services to the city's major attractions and provide free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fenced-in areas for pets.
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