This beautiful house, photographed several years ago after a snowstorm, was the home of America’s first law professor and signer of the Declaration of Independence, George Wythe. Born in 1726 and admitted to the bar at the tender age of twenty, Wythe was a respected scholar, educator and judge.
As a teacher at the College of William and Mary, Wythe was mentor to future Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe and future Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall. Wythe and Jefferson remained life-long friends. When Wythe died in 1806, a victim of suspected poisoning by his sister’s grandson, George Wythe Sweeney, Wythe left his extensive library to his friend Jefferson. Years later Jefferson followed his friend’s example and left his library to the University of Virginia.
The Wythe House is one of the most beautiful colonial houses in Williamsburg and is well worth a visit.