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Williamsburg Off The Beaten Path: 49 reviews and 56 photos

by matcrazy1

Virginia was the wealthiest and most architecturally advanced of the colonies. So did its capital (1699 - 1780), Williamsburg. It was a planned town

The city is laid out according to the principles of 18th-century city planning, with streets and blocks laid out in relation to the main avenue Axis - the Duke of Glouster Street. Two main and most important public buildings: the Wren House and the Capitol are placed at the ends of the main avenue.

The Governor's Palace is placed north of the axis but it is connected with the avenue by two parallel roads (Palace Green Street East and West) which is lined by old trees on one side and single standing colonial houses on the other. They are seperated by
wide green space covered by green grass, seen on my picture and called the Palace Green. Green space of Paris, around Eiffel Towel called Mars Fields (look here) looked similar although it covered much larger area. The following weekend I visited Washington, DC when I saw similar but much larger in size green space called the Mall which also forms a cross.

There are fifes and drums marches played on this area from Duke Gloucester St. to the Palace on each Wednesday at 5.15 pm and on Saturday at 1.00 pm. I was on Thursday in Williamsburg :-(.

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2004
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