Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. The Governor's Palace and Gardens
Taken from a low-flying (and nausea-inducing) Cessna 150 Aerobat, I took this photo of the reconstructed Governor's Palace (reconstruction 1930-1934) with a 70-200 mm Nikkor lens at high shutter speed. This countered the shake of the small, high-winged plane and my wind-buffeted Nikon D800 as we flew in circles around Colonial Williamsburg in colorful Autumn, 25 miles east of Richmond, Virginia.
This Governor's Palace stars in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. restoration of historic Colonial Williamsburg, capitol of Virginia before and after the revolution of the colonies. Before burning to the ground in 1781, the original Palace housed 7 Royal Governors, followed by Colonial Governors Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson.
The Palace served as a hospital in 1781 for American soldiers wounded in the battle of
Yorktown. 156 of those soldiers remain buried on Palace grounds.
In 2017, Colonial Williamsburg is undergoing turmoil as the new president fights to keep living history relevant to a younger generation.