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The Capitol, Williamsburg: 16 reviews and 30 photos

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by b1bob

The Virginia capitol at Williamsburg administered a territory that is not only present-day Virginia, but it extended all the way to the Mississippi River. The foundation of our present-day democracy was debated here. The lower house is the House of Burgesses (patterned after Britain's House of Commons) and an upper chamber called the House of Lords. As you face into the capitol building from where the tour begins, the House of Burgesses is on the right, the House of Lords is on the left above the Supreme Court (which doubles as a jury room). Representatives for both chambers meet in the hallway adjoining the two houses to confer on bills before being passed on to the king for final approval.

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2004
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