Saturday, March 7, 2009
Williamsburg, Virginia: The Courthouse
This building looks important, and it is. It's the Courthouse for Colonial Williamsburg, right in the middle of the Main Street. Petty crimes and civil cases were tried here on a regular basis, with the bigger crimes tried down the street at the Capitol. It also was something of a gathering place; important announcements were read from the front steps.
The main room is right inside the front door, with seats for spectators in the back of the room so they can have a good view of the legal proceedings. Today, visitors receive a crash course in Colonial-era justice mechanics.