A Brief History: Located at 300 Palace Green St. in Williamsburg Virginia, Governors Palace stands as a marvelous structure that still strikes awe in the eyes of all who behold it. Finished in 1722, it took 16 years to complete construction, not just because of the detail in the residence, but its expense. Built as a residence for the Royal Governors of Virginia, the “palace” quickly found itself bustling with not only servants and residents, but laborers, tradesmen and others who had some sort of business to deal with. It is said that it took roughly 25 servants and slaves to keep up with not only the palace, but with the traffic it saw on a daily basis. Whenever someone came to the residence, they would be directed by several people toward the direction they needed to be, and this was done on purpose. It was to create a high sense of importance on the palace seeing as how whoever sought out audience with the Governor knew they were meeting with the kings representative in Virginia. The palace also served as a host to numerous balls and galas, some of which were the most elaborate Virginia had ever seen. Nowadays, the palace stands as a historical landmark, and is a stop on many of the Colonial Williamsburg tours. Over its years of existence, Governors Palace served as a home to seven Royal Governors, one being an Earl, another a Baron. It was also a home for Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson.

Haunted History: Williamsburg is one of the oldest cities in America, and it is reasonable to believe that the city itself may harbor many ghosts of the past. There are even several accounts of hauntings within the walls of Governors Palace. Some have played with the idea of seeing an apparition that looks like Thomas Jefferson. Some have even claimed to have seen an apparition in the form of John Wilkes Booth, who died in a barn not too far out of Williamsburg. Apparently some who have even entered the palace with equipment for measuring paranormal activity have reported high amounts of EMF. Whether these claims are true or not, there is no doubt that at the very least, history definitely thrives within those walls.



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