Governors Palace Colonial Williamsburg

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).

The Goveor's Palace was originally built in 1931 and construction was completed in 1934. The Palace was used as the official residence of both pre-revolution governors and 2 post-revolution governors (Pactrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson) until the capital was relocated to Richmond in 1780. In 1781, shortly after the capital was moved, the main building burned down leaving only some of the outbuildings standing to mark the site. The palace was rebuilt in the 1930s on the original site and to the original design.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Williamsburg#History_of_Williamsburg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor's_Palace_(Williamsburg,_Virginia)

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