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The Capitol, Williamsburg: 16 reviews and 30 photos

by matcrazy1

The building, on my picture, was topped by tall tower and stood at the eastern end of the main avenue of Colonial Williamsburg. It is the first American structure to which the word Capitol was applied.

We had to wait in a line approx. 20 min. to get inside and join the guided tour.
Warning: basic Colonial Sampler Ticket ($33.00) does NOT include the guided tour both to the Capitol and to the Governor's Palace, you must buy the Governor's Key-to-the-city Pass ($45.00). While Urszula and Nat were standing in a line I was walking around on green lawn (capitol grounds) and admired architecture hmm... more of beautiful surrounding colonial houses than of the capitol itself.

The tower of the Capitol was hidden behind scaffoldings due to renovation works (in October 2004). The two-storey brick edifice, covered by gable roof with dormers, didn't look arcitecturally very attractive to me. Maybe it would if I didn't see very beautiful colonial houses and mansions before. Well, the best were the interiors and fascinating history hidden behind the capitol walls and explained by our tour guide. Stay tuned and let me explain what the English word "capitol" means.

English word Capitol derives from the Capitoline Hill (Capitolinus Mons) in Rome, seat of the government of the Roman Republic. Capitol refers to a building that houses the administration of certain governments. In the USA it's home of the legislative branch of the United States government (U.S. Capitol) or certain state government (State Capitol). In colonial times, before the USA was born in 1776, the capitol was a seat of the House of Burgesses - the first elected legislative assembly in the New World.

Address: Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Directions: At the eastern end of the main avenue (Duke of Gloucester Street), approx. 0.8 mi east of the Bruton Church. From the Visitors Center take a blue line shuttle bus and take off on the second bus stop.
othercontact: +1 (800) 761-8331
Phone: +1 (757) 229-1000
Website: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/Almanack/places/hb/hbcap.cfm

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  • Updated Dec 27, 2004
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