Friday, January 8, 2016

The General Court of Jamestown

Bacon's Rebellion
The General Court in Virginia met once a year, first at Jamestown, but it also met occasionally elsewhere in the Colony.   During 1640, it met several times in Elizabeth City, and from July to the end of the year,  sessions were held in Jamestown.   As early as 1643, the General Court occupied its own special offices in the State-House recently erected, but when this building burned down in 1656, its members found it necessary to rent an apartment for their use in the residence of Thomas Woodhouse.  A new State-House was finished before 1666 and this is where the General Court met until the general insurrection of 1676 when rebels led by Nathaniel Bacon torched that building.

Source: Acts of 1656, Randolph MS., ol. iii., p. 269 consists of the instructions with Governor Berkley received in 1642 requiring him to see to the building of a General Court-house; Minutes of Council, Feb. 18, 1690, B. T. Va., 1690, No. 14.

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