The Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia – Early American Architecture

Visitors flock to the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia every year. This building is a grand example of Early American Architecture. ¬†Usually, this style is called Colonial. Also, you may hear the term Colonial Revival.

 Colonials loved symmetry in design
Of course, the Colonials loved symmetry in design. (

The King of England had the palace built in 1703. In fact, the Governor both lived and worked here. Indeed, it was where he entertained visitors and dignitaries.

Indeed, a palace it is. The three story building housed the governor and his family. Also, the staff lived on site.

You enter into a grand hallway. However, it has an interesting twist. This area was also a stocked armory. Swords and muskets artfully hang on the wall. Of course, these weapons were ready to defend the palace.

governor's palace
Indeed, you enter into an armory. (
Swords grace the foyer
Swords grace the foyer. (
Swords serve as accessories.
Swords serve as accessories. (

In fact, the Governor was required to entertain. Therefore, the palace features a grand ball room. Also, note the portraits on the wall. These feature King George II and Queen Charlotte. Of course, they ruled England during the era.

Visitors danced in the ballroom
Visitors danced in the ballroom. (

In addition, the Governor fed his guests. They installed heavy drapes. This is because drapes closed against the summer sun or winter chill. Also, the original table was large enough to seat large parties.

Also, they feasted on local fare
Also, they feasted on local fare. (

Of course, they built a large kitchen. For the era, this was high-end.

Indeed, the staff cooked in a large kitchen
Indeed, the staff cooked in a large kitchen. (

Indeed, the king built this palace as a statement. This was to impress the entire world. It spoke of wealth of the English Empire. In fact, every single room is intentionally grand.

Finally, I am sharing the photos below. They show the traditional layout of the Governor’s Palace.

The first floor
The first floor
The second floor
The second floor
The third floor.
The third floor.
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