Governor's Palace, Detail of Fireplace and Entrance Hall
Interior of Governor's Palace, detail of the fireplace in the main entrance hall, 1935. Richly carved wooden wall paneling, marble floor tiling, and a marble mantelpiece exhibit the wealth and power of the royal governor, who served as the Crown's official representative in Virginia. An ornate wooden carving of the royal coat of arms is affixed to the wall above the fireplace and "...represented the authority by which the governor ruled." Furthermore, "the hall at the Palace served as a screening area where visitors wishing to see the governor were 'sorted out.'"
(Source: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg [Williamsburg, Virginia: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1998], pg. 85).