Tuesday, February 8, 2011

State House

In 1638 a levy of tobacco was raised for the purpose of erecting a State House at

Jamestown and putting the fort at Point Comfort in good repair. George Menefie a prominent merchant of the colony, was instructed to visit England and with a part of the tobacco procured by the levy, to engage men who were skillful in building such work. In 1698 the statehouse at Jamestown burned, and the capital moved to Williamsburg the following year. It is likely that the statehouse that burned stood on the Preservation Virginia foundation. Escavations suggest this fact. Source: British State Papers, Colonial, vol. X, No. 5.

(Left) Excavation site.

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