Enter the years immediately before the Revolution and experience the grandeur of royal government in Virginia just before its collapse. Feel the tension between the rulers and the ruled in this revolutionary time as the British government's authority was increasingly questioned. Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. From the large display of period swords and guns to the elegant décor and grand ballroom, the Palace was built to impress.
At the elegant home of prominent attorney and thinker George Wythe, take part in discussions about the ideas that shaped the Revolution. You may encounter free and enslaved members of the household.
Enter this three-centuries-old Episcopal church and sit where many famous patriots sat before you. At the time of the Revolution the Church of England was the official church, and all Virginians were expected to attend regularly. Ask knowledgeable parish volunteers your questions or attend one of the Sunday services in this original building, which still serves an active community.
What would happen to you if you committed a crime in colonial Virginia? What if you stole items from a store or imported goods banned by the Committee of Safety? Participate in a court session and experience 18th-century justice in action. The stocks and the pillory out front may await those convicted.Learn More
Be an 18th-century customer. Share your fashion needs as boxes, drawers, and bundles full of the latest ornaments and accessories, called millinery, are offered for your inspection. Consult with the mantua-maker about updating old gowns to bring them into the newest 18th-century fashion.Learn More