National Geographic : 1937 Apr
VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL HERITAGE © National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by Luis Marden "IF THIS BE TREASON, MAKE THE MOST OF IT!" CRIED PATRICK HENRY ON THIS SITE In 1765 the young Virginia statesman inveighed against the Stamp Act with, "Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third ... may profit by their example." George Washington, George Wythe, George Mason, Thomas Nelson, and other Revolutionary states men sat in the Virginia House of Burgesses, in the old Williamsburg Capitol, which stood here. It was built in 1699-1705, destroyed by fire, and rebuilt half a century later, again burned in 1832. Sponsored by Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the restoration erected this building on the original foundations according to specifications of the first structure (see Color Plate IV).