This courthouse has a long history, some good, some bad. One part most Americans would like to forget, the slave auctions, but there are many events that make this structure significant.
Williamsburg's citizens assembled at their courthouse at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 1783, to celebrate at last the end of the war with England – just as they had gathered seven years earlier to hear lawyer Benjamin Waller proclaim from its steps the Declaration of Independence.
Led by four standard bearers, a herald riding a gelding, and the mayor and his aldermen bearing the city charter, the throng marched down Duke of Gloucester Street toward the College of William and Mary. They carried a proclamation announcing the initialing of the Treaty of Paris and, nearly two years after Yorktown, the end of the Revolution.
This early autumn photograph of Williamsburg Virginia and several others can be viewed on my website. VirginiaImages.com
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