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John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library

John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library

The intellectual center of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library advances knowledge of colonial British America, the American Revolution, the early United States, American decorative arts and folk art, and the Restoration and continuing story of Colonial Williamsburg. The library’s staff and collections support ongoing research that informs the creation of engaging and inspiring educational experiences in the Historic Area and at the Art Museums.

‘An Elegant Seat’

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5p.m.


Announcing a new exhibit the Rockefeller Library to celebrating the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Governor’s Palace in April 1934. Open fall 2019 through April 2020, the exhibit is a collaborative effort between library and museum collections staff featuring four cases focusing upon the themes of colonial governors, archaeology, architecture, and the reconstruction and opening.

Items on display will include Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Board of Trade removing the capital to Richmond, an excavated silver spoon fabricated by James Geddy, early architectural designs for the Palace, photos of the schools and businesses on the site prior to its reconstruction, and a guest register signed by Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower during their 1946 visit. In addition, a slideshow on the exhibit monitor will rotate through a series of historical photos showing the demolition of Williamsburg High School with the Governor’s Palace rising behind it