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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 building is impressive from the outside. The gardens in back were filled with tulips in April. There's a free guided tour that helps explain the history. You can roam on your own later in the afte...  more »
  • This building is gorgeous! Its foyer is admirable with its collection of original weapons. The tour walks visitors on the first and second floor of the building! Very impressing!  more »
  • Very well presented, educational look at what the governor's mansion looked like, it's furnishings and what transpired in it.  more »
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  • Impressive digs... Visited in August, 2016 with my wife and got there early, so we had the tour guide all to ourselves. He was the key. Can't remember his name but he was great. Very knowledgeable, and an especially great presentation. The palace is impressive and a very good recreation (it had burned down, but was reconstructed on original foundation to exact building specs. One of the few really good attractions at Colonial Williamsburg. Don't skip it.
  • No trip to Williamsburg Virginia is complete without a visit to the beautiful Governors Palace. Always well maintained and picture perfect year round.
  • It's easy to lose a day just exploring the grounds and enjoying the scenery here.
  • Neat old house. It was nice to see such an old treasure of our county restored and viewable by the public. Yes, the weapon wall in the entrance was amazing, I'm guessing it was even more amazing for the people that say in the day.
  • Very cool historical building at Colonial Williamsburg. We had a tour of the building and our guide was very interesting and informative. If you're at Colonial Williamsburg this is a must-see.