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    The Robert Carter House on Palace Green had an unusual plan & design features that distinguished it from other 18th-century houses in Williamsburg. The date of its construction was uncertain. The earliest definite information about the lots on which it was constructed appeared in an indenture of 1746 that recorded their sale by Charles Carter to Robert Cary of London, merchant.

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Clay for brick was plentiful in Virginia and it is used in the construction of many historic houses here.  Carter's Grove is a 400-acre estate on the James River built in 1750 in the American Georgian style, adapted for hot, humid summers.

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Historic Foodways in the Governor's Palace kitchen. - Food played a very important part in the social lives of 18th-century Virginians. Aside from providing basic sustenance, dining was also one of the most important ways that colonial Virginians exchanged information. The dining process might last for two hours in some upper-class households. It wasn't unusual for a conversation that began at a dinner table to continue well into the night.

Palace green was intended to focus the eye as well as the mind on the source of executive authority in Virginia and to provide the stately official residence at its head with an unimpeded vista to the heart of the community and beyond. In its progress from the College of William and Mary, Duke of Gloucester Street slips past the foot of the green at Bruton Parish Church and moves on to the Capitol.

Robert Carter House & Garden, Colonial Williamsburg

Table setting for reception at the Governor's Palace, Colonial Williamsburg

Adept with needle and thread, Rick Hill, manager of the Costume Design Center, knows clothing construction from every perspective. He formerly was Colonial Williamsburg's tailor

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Grand Illumination Fireworks start the Christmas Season celebration at the Governor's Palace, Colonial Williamsburg. Photo by Tom Green

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The Governor's Palace, Colonial Williamsburg