George Wythe House
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The George Wythe House on Palace Green belonged to George Wythe, a leader of the patriot movement in Virginia, a delegate to the Continental Congress, and Virginia’s first signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house also served as General George Washington`s headquarters just before the British siege of Yorktown. In 1776, the house accommodated Virginia General Assembly delegate Thomas Jefferson and his family. The two-story brick residence is believed to have been designed in the mid-1750s by George Wythe`s father-in-law, the surveyor, builder, and planter Richard Taliaferro.
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