"Brush-Everard House" Williamsburg Things to Do Tip by steph4867

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One of the oldest buildings in Williamsburg, the Brush-Everard House was occupied from 1717--when Public Armorer and master gunsmith John Brush built it as a residence-cum-shop--through 1946. Charged not only with maintaining and repairing weaponry, Brush also had to take part in various ceremonies requiring gun salutes, such as royal birthdays. At one of these he wounded himself slightly and applied--without success--to the House of Burgesses for damages. Little else is known about him. He died in 1726. The most distinguished owner was Thomas Everard, two-time mayor of Williamsburg. Though not as wealthy as George Wythe and John Randolph, he was in their elite circle. He enlarged the house, adding the two wings that give a U shape. Today the home is restored and furnished to its Everard-era appearance. The smokehouse and kitchen out back are original. Special programs here focus on African-American life in the 18th century.

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  • Written Mar 14, 2003
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