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by matcrazy1

This beautiful buiding, on my picture, is the Courthouse which served the Williamsburg community for more than 160 years since 1771 till 1932. The building was designed in late Georgian style which featured different shape of windows and more varied pattern of bricks. I paid attention to more "modern" addings like the octagonal wooden cupola and the white portico.

The building housed the James City County Court and the Williamsburg Hustings Court. They provided local justice and were the principal agents of local governments. Fines were common, but when corporal punishment was ordered, the sentence was carried out quickly and publicly at the stocks and pillory, which stand just outside.

The building serves now as the place for 18th century trial re-enactments. The 30-min. Order in the couurt show took place on each Tue - Sat (2.00 pm - 3.30 pm).

There were approx. 20-min. concerts of military music. The Fifes and Drums presented regimental military music on the steps of the Courthouse on Tuesday 3.15 pm.

Keep in mind that the schedule of events in colonial Williamsburg may change every week. Check in your This Week brochure and don't miss it.

Address: Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Directions: On northern side of the main avenue (Duke of Gloucester Street), east of the Bruton Church and 0.4 mi south of the Governor's Palace.

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2004
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