The Royal Governor of Virginia wielded great influence over the colony, and to ensure success in the New World they often called upon free and enslaved African-Americans for help - both at the Palace and on missions throughout the colony of Virginia. Hear these important stories and learn about the contributions of free and enslaved African-Americans during your visit to the Palace. Tours every 20-30 minutes.
Dates & Times
African American Contributions at the Governor's Palace
Recollections of Virginia’s 1st Governor
Join Patrick Henry, Virginia’s first governor, as he recounts the beginning of our republican experiment. Hear about his time in Virginia's highest executive office.
Rediscover Custis Square
Take a guided tour and talk with archaeologists in the field about the current archaeological investigations at John Custis IV’s 4-acre home and early 18th century gardens.
She Had on When She Went Away
Explore the material culture and lives of self-liberated Black women in the 18th century and the society they inhabited.
Art Museums Admission