Williamsburg to Richmond, 1780

Williamsburg to Richmond, 1780


Virginia's capital moves from Williamsburg to Richmond.

British Queen Visits Williamsburg, VA.

  • Williamsburg and Richmond, VA

In 1698, the capital of Virginia moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg and, in 1780, it moved again - this time to Richmond. Thomas Jefferson and the legislature had to flee Williamsburg to avoid invasion by the British during the Revolutionary War.

On 3 May 2007, Queen Elizabeth II visited Colonial Williamsburg.

By clicking on the images to the right, you can see the first of 15 photos of Colonial Williamsburg (restored) from the General Photographs of the Fine Arts Commission (Series G), and a letter from the Marquis de la Fayette dated 27 June 1781 and written "at Mr. Tyree's Plantation 20 miles from Williamsburg" (Continental Congress - Papers).

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