Monday, June 30, 2014

Capitol moved to Middle Plantation

Map of Jamestown
Jamestown burned down again towards the close of the 17th century, this time by accidental fires. Considering all of the trouble in Jamestown, it was decided to remove the capitol of the Colony to the Middle Plantation (Williamsburg), which had many wholespring springs, two creeks, one of which emptied into the James, the other into the York. It was said that the new site offered the advantages of a healthy and temperate situation.  The plan of abandoning Jamestown as the site had been contemplated on several occasions.  The actual measure for incorporating the new capital was not introduced into the General Assembly until 1699 and it was embodied in the code of 1705.

Source: Hening's Statutes, Vol. III, pp. 197, 419.

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