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Colonial Williamsburg! The Capitol Building

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In 1698, the Capitol building in Jamestown, Virginia burned. Following the fire, the government of Virginia decided to relocate inland, away from the swamps at the Jamestown site.

A grand new Capitol building was constructed by Henry Cary, a contractor finishing work on the College of William and Mary's Wren Building (the legislature's temporary home). Begun in 1701, the Capitol was completed in 1705, although the legislature moved in in 1704.[3]
The Colonial Capitol was a two-story H-shaped structure, functionally two buildings connected by an arcade. Each wing served one of the two houses of the Virginia legislature, the Council and the House of Burgesses. The first floor of the west building was for the General Court and the colony's secretary, the first floor of the east for the House of Burgesses and its clerk.[2] As a result of the fires that had destroyed several prior Virginia capitols, Cary built the first Capitol without fireplaces. In 1723, chimneys were added for fireplaces to help keep the Capitol dry.

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gnt1041

great post and interesting input thanks warbler

warbler

Thanks LJ Its a step into a different time warp.

They wanted my money first fodus and they were determined.

Thanks Tex. I didn't move here by choice but it has grown on me. Padre Island would be fine for me.

texasstar7

Very nice, Warbler! I worked in Roanoke a few years back (2009), and I still remember it being pronounced Ro-Noke! I loved it, right by that Blue Ridge Parkway and would go there every day in the fall! Thanks for reminding me how beautiful your state is.

fodus

It looks like they are ready to give us a tour.

laurajane

Really nice, warbler. Would like to see this one day.

warbler

I'm glad to bring back the memories, PamCal. Thanks.

I haven't been to Williamsburg in so many years, I'd forgotten how lovely it is.

warbler

Thanks for stopping by Jacques.

jacquescamus

beautiful warbler!

warbler

Thanks Chickie.

chickiemama

Thank you for the explanation warbler. Very nice building.

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