Do you remember our April trip to Colonial Williamsburg last year? (Yes, yes. You have been patiently waiting for some pictures from this journey. You know how I tend to get sidetracked!) To help shoo away the winter blues, let’s go on a little armchair visit of this historical park and mentally immerse ourselves in some beautiful spring weather!
This is the Governor’s Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. It is the grandest structure at the historical site, and located on the northern end of the Palace Green. The Palace has a long and storied history, beginning with its construction period of 16 years. When Williamsburg was the Capital of the Virginia Colony, this was the home of many governors, including Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson.
The main building was destroyed by a fire in 1791. Surviving outbuildings were demolished during the Civil War. Colonial Williamsburg reconstructed the Palace, opening it up for exhibition in 1934. Extensive furnishing efforts have been underway ever since that time. Further details of the history of the Governor's Palace are available on the Colonial Williamsburg web site.
The highlight of our visit to the Palace was its beautiful garden area. A large collection of sculpted evergreens echo the formality and grandeur of the structure.
And we were lucky in the timing of our visit to see a rainbow of colors from the blooming tulips. There are several benches located in the garden area, and we took advantage of them to rest our legs and enjoy the spectacular views!
Ah! Now, wasn’t that refreshing?