Governor's Palace, Interior, Kitchen
Interior of Governor’s Palace Kitchen, 1935. The Governor's Palace opened to the public in 1934. In addition to viewing the lavish public rooms and private quarters of Virginia's colonial governors, visitors could also learn about colonial domestic life and cooking techniques in the Palace Kitchen. A costumed interpreter added commentary and demonstrated food preparation.
Among the room's furnishings, a small white pine and maple side table (accession # 1933-83) is pictured against the far wall, underneath the window. To the left of the side table, on top of the dresser, stands a pewter gallon measure (accession # 1933-231) or half-gallon measure (accession # 1933-230). Interior furnishings and decor reflect curators' views in the 1930s as to how Williamsburg's historic interiors may have looked in the eighteenth century. Nevertheless, with new research advancements over the years, the interior furnishings of the Governor’s Palace Kitchen have changed to reflect a more authentic and accurate view of the building’s likely contents and room arrangements.