WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is celebrating a $2 million endowment gift for the George Wythe House.
The foundation says the endowment from Janet and Alan Coleman of Greenbrae, Calif., will assure the preservation of the home in the historic area.
George Wythe's brick house was constructed in 1755 on the west side of Palace Street.
The house accommodated Thomas Jefferson and his family in 1776 and also served as headquarters for George Washington just before the siege of Yorktown. Wythe resided at the house until 1791.
Wythe was a lawyer, legal scholar and teacher. He also was among the first Virginians to sign the Declaration of Independence.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates and maintains the preserved 18th century site as an educational and tourist venue.
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