Bruton Church Entrance

Williamsburg, Virginia became the capital of the Virginia Colony in late 1689 after the capitol building in Jamestown burned down. The capital was moved at the suggestion of students from William and Marry as a way to escape malaria which was rampant on the island where the old capital was located.

Colonial Williamsburg is a national historic site which features houses built between 1689 and 1870 and is popular with tourists visiting the Virginia Historic Triangle (Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown).

Bruton Church can be traced back to the early 17th century when it was founded as a link to the Church of England in the new Jamestown colony in the new world. The church has seen famous worshippers including George Washington, James Madison, John Tayler, Benjamin Harrison, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson and is now one of the lartgest Episcopal Diocese in Southern Virginia with upwards of 2000 members. The original church bell, cast in 1761 and still in use today, has been rung in celebration of the signing of the Deceleration of Independence (1776) and the signing of the Treaty of Paris (1783, end of the AMerican Revolutionary War).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Williamsburg#History_of_Williamsburg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruton_Parish_Church

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