George Wythe House

Williamsburg
VA

The George Wythe House in
Colonial Williamsburg

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This brick home was built in 1750 for Wythe, who was a lawyer, teacher of law, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house served as Washington’s headquarters just before the Battle of Yorktown; French General Rochambeau made the home his headquarters after victory at Yorktown.

Part of Colonial Williamsburg.

One of the most stubborn myths of American history is the idea that the frontier promoted equality of material condition. This national folk legend is, unhappily, ver much mistaken. With some exceptions, landed wealth was always highly concentrated throughout the southern highlands, as it would be in the lower Mississippi Valley, Texas and the far southwest. Inequality was greater in the backcountry and the southern highlands than in any other rural region of the United States.

David Hackett Fischer
Albion′s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989)