Virginians continue to be enamored of their great son and patriot Thomas Jefferson. He is remembered everywhere, as here he sits outside a shop in Williamsburg.
When Thomas Jefferson succeeded Patrick Henry as governor of Virginia, in 1780, he agreed to move the capitol from Williamsburg to Richmond, as it was a more central and protected location. However, both Williamsburg and Richmond were soon invaded by the British in full force, as was all of Virginia, in 1781. Although Jefferson was harshly criticized by his foes for leaving Richmond before the onslaught, he did save his neck, and survive to contribute much more to the newly founded nation.