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Governor's Palace, Williamsburg

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#4 of 7 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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  • October 4, 2017
    A guided tour of the Governor's palace is certainly worth the time... the small details of history that come to life while listening to the stories when seeing the different rooms and artifacts . It i...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    The entrance to the Palace is truly awe inspiring. From the English Marble on the floors to the arms and swords adorned on the hand carved walls. Truly remarkable.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Over time I have visited the Governor's Palace on numerous occasions. Each time is a new adventure and learning experience because each interpreter brings out different aspects about the building, its...  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    We enjoyed the palace and learned some history. It was very warm. But we enjoyed being in the air conditioning.
  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    The collection of muskets, swords, and horse pistols is wonderful. Great teaching tool of the life and customs of the 18th century.
  • May 31, 2017
    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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