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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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  • one of the most important spots to visit because it is part of our past and why our future is the best it can be have been to Williamsburg over 20 times in the last 40 years  more »
  • The Governors Palace is a reconstruction, but I just can't help loving it. Home to the Royal Governors and two post colonial Governors it is what I would consider the glue that holds everything in Col...  more »
  • I recommend visiting the Palace to help set the stage for the time period in Williamsburg. The guides are very knowledgeable. The gardens are lovely and relaxing.  more »
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  • We had an amazing tour with only one other couple with us. Guide was very personable and knowledgeable. Check daily schedule for rotating programs during different times and seasons.
  • Step back in history. Authentic recreation of 1775 Williamsburg. Very detailed period furnishings, guided tour by knowledgeable staff. One of a kind experience.
  • The largest house open to the public in old Colonel Williamburg; includes well renovated palace of the British Governor with multiple gardens, pond, additional buildings such as stable. The docent was very knowledgeable and helpful, interesting, able to answer our questions.
  • Awesome place to visit. Well informed tour guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Great evening musical performance! Highly recommend.

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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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