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  • Bruce D. Bryant

    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.

The Powell House smokehouse in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.

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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.

Colonial Williamsburg is known for its cool green spaces, tidy flower gardens, fenced pastures, trimmed boxwoods, and big shade trees. It was not always so, as a 1777 account of the view from the cupola of the College of William and Mary indicates that both the York River and the James River were visible from that vantage point, because the view was unobstructed by trees.

Tayloe House, Williamsburg, Virginia: porch detail

Arsenic green. George Wythe House, Williamsburg, Virginia, c.1755

The Lightfoot family owned this property, the Lightfoot Tenement, during much of the 18th century. The Reverend Bracken bought the Lightfoot Tenement. In the 18th century the term "tenement" meant a simply rented house.

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