William and Mary's President's House

  • Address: College Yard
  • Vicinity: College of William and Mary
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1732/07/31 Henry Cary Builder Journal of the President of William and Mary College records that "the foundation of the President's House at the College was laid, the President, Mr Dawson, Mr Fry, Mr Stith and Mr Fox, laying the first five bricks in order, one after another."
1781/06/00 Charles Cornwallis British Commander General Cornwallis and his British forces evict College President James Madison (cousin of the future American president) and his family from the President's House and set up headquarters. Leading to the Siege of Yorktown
1781/10/00 Fire destroys the interior of the President's House while the house was being used as the headquarters of the French Physician-General during the Battle of Yorktown. Siege of Yorktown
1786/11/00 By late Fall 1786, the President's House is rebuilt with funds from by the French government. Other fires in 1879, 1916 and 1922 damage the interior, but exterior and some of the framing, interior molding and flooring date from the 18th century.
1931/00/00 Perry, Shaw and Hepburn Architect The President's House is restored to its 18th century appearance, including the removal of late 19th century porches, as part of the Rockefeller Restoration of Williamsburg.

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Particulars for William and Mary's President's House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Building Type House
Historic Use Single dwelling

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