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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. 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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  • The decoration and speeches given in this Governor's Palace are pretty authentic. We were amazed by some of the things that we learned about the Governor who was hated and his beloved wife. The kitche...  more »
  • What an amazing tour! From the moment you enter, you'll hold your breath. They just painted the gorgeous wood, which many thought was a mistake but was done to restore authenticity. But throughout, it...  more »
  • One of the best parts of the Williamsburg experience. Not to be missed. Our guide was wonderful. Very knowledgable and obviously loved his job. Completely in character.  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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