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Williamsburg Things to Do: 366 reviews and 607 photos

by matcrazy1

This lovely octagonal wooden cupola with the weather vane atop was put on the top of the Williamsburg's courthouse since 1771. I got to now that the height from its top to the ground equaled the building's length. Hmm... Georgian architecture followed stricly some geometrical proportions.

This cupola had to be silent witness of various both great and unfamous events, of various trials and personal tragedies. Look back at the history of the courthouse.

1770 - 1771 - the construction at the very center of Virginia's capitol city on the Market Square,
1772 - the steps arrived from London but... no columns,
1776 - lawyer Benjamin Waller proclaims from the courthouse's steps the Declaration of Independence,
1783 - Williamsburg's citizens gathered at their courthouse to celebrate at last the end of the war with England,
1860 - 1865 during the Civil War, the Confederates use the building as a hospital after the Battle of Williamsburg, the doors and windows are gone - used perhaps for firewood,
1932 - the courthouse closes for restoration,
1933 - the building reopenes as the home of the Williamsburg Restoration Archaeological Exhibit,
1989 - 1991 - restoration to current look and function.

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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