Interior of the Palace Kitchen Building

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Interior of the Palace Kitchen Building


Governor's Palace (Williamsburg, Va.)
Kitchens - Virginia - Williamsburg
Block 20. Building 03.
Furniture - Virginia - Williamsburg
Historic buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg


Lantern slide featuring a photo taken by F.S. Lincoln in 1935 of a costumed interpreter churning butter inside the Governor's Palace Kitchen. It is the forty-first slide in a set produced by the Pacific Stereopticon Co. of Los Angeles, California, now defunct, to illustrate the story of Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin's dream to restore a portion of Williamsburg, Virginia to its 18th-century appearance as a shrine to early American ideals.

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, stand pewter gallon measures (accession # 1933-231) or half-gallon measures (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.


Lincoln, F.S.


Pacific Stereopticon Co.



Is Part Of

Pacific Stereopticon Company Lantern Slide Collections







Rights Holder

Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Lantern slide

Physical Dimensions

2 x 3 inches


Lincoln, F.S., “Interior of the Palace Kitchen Building,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed May 25, 2024,