VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL HOUSES
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GOVERNOR'S PALACE

Designed by Virginia Capitol architect Henry Cary, the Governor's Mansion was originally built in c. 1706-1710 and completed in 1722, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Edmund Jenings oversaw construction of what was at the time one of the grandest houses in America. It burned in 1781 and was reconstructed in 1934. 

 

ALEXANDER SPOTSWOOD

Alexander Spotswood (c. 1676-1740), was Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722. He was the first official resident of the Governor's Palace and is known for exploring the Rappahannock and Shenandoah Valleys, developing Virginia's ironworks industry in Germanna (later Spotsylvania County), and reducing Indian raids on the Shenandoah Valley. 

 

ENTRANCE HALL

The front room served as an entrance hall.  Its walls are lined with muskets and swords meant to symbolize the power of the crown in Virginia. 

 

LINKS

Map of House Sitehttps://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1sxADLYja66IHb0TiSLW6ZJcsggg&ll=37.22030831045734%2C-76.79683563007814&z=10

Colonial Williamsburg Website for Governor's Palacehttps://www.history.org/almanack/places/hb/hbpal.cfm

Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor%27s_Palace_(Williamsburg,_Virginia)

Photo Gallery: http://www.architecturerevived.com/governors-palace-williamsburg-virginia/

Virtual Tourhttps://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x89b0890ede476d21:0x20f58a903c314b9c!2m19!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m13!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!3m1!7e115!4s/maps/place/governor%27s%2Bpalace%2Bwilliamsburg%2Bva/@37.2737179,-76.7020909,3a,75y,3.45h,90t/data%3D*213m4*211e1*213m2*211sCQOkkcoWbPaGE1TnF1A5xQ*212e0*214m2*213m1*211s0x0:0x20f58a903c314b9c!5sgovernor%27s+palace+williamsburg+va+-+Google+Search&imagekey=!1e2!2sCQOkkcoWbPaGE1TnF1A5xQ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj0jtOMg7PTAhUILSYKHeICCaMQpx8IyAEwDg

Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Report: http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary/View/index.cfm?doc=ResearchReports%5CRR0133.xml

Popular Archeology Articlehttp://popular-archaeology.com/issue/03012014/article/unearthing-the-opulence

Bio of Alexander Spotswoodhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Spotswood

Directionshttps://www.google.com/maps/place/Governor's+Palace/@37.2740582,-76.7042538,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b0890ede476d21:0x20f58a903c314b9c!8m2!3d37.2740582!4d-76.7020651


        
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