"Wythe House" George Wythe House Tip by steph4867

George Wythe House, Williamsburg: 6 reviews and 14 photos

  Back view of Wythe House
by steph4867

On the west side of the Palace Green is the elegant restored brick home of George Wythe (pronounced "with") classics scholar, noted lawyer and teacher (Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, and John Marshall were his students), and member of the House of Burgesses. A close friend of Royal Governors Fauquier and Botetourt, Wythe nevertheless was the first Virginia signer of the Declaration of Independence. Wythe did not sign the Constitution, however, because it did not contain a Bill of Rights or antislavery provisions. The house, in which he lived with his second wife, Elizabeth Taliaferro (pronounced "Tolliver"), was Washington's headquarters prior to the siege of Yorktown and Rochambeau's after the surrender of Cornwallis. Open-hearth cooking is demonstrated in the outbuilding.

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  • Written Mar 14, 2003
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