GolfStyles Spring 2016 : Page 76

THE TALE OF TWO RIVERS BY BILL KAMENJAR It was a revolutionary concept in 1780, proposed by then post-colonial governor Thomas Jefferson. America was at the height of its War for Independence and the eventual U.S. president urged a relocation of the capital of Virginia from Williamsburg upriver to Richmond for security reasons. A year later, Jefferson’s former Williamsburg home, the Governor’s Palace, burned to the ground and its bricks were sold. From those ashes a more reflective cultural center would one day be reborn. It would take some time, and in the 1930s the palace was reconstructed at the exact site. Today, it stands as a proud reminder of the city’s rich history and serves as an inspiration for a golf community across town that is now in the midst of continuing a legacy all its own. 74 GOLFSTYLES | SPRING 2016

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