In the late 1920’s when John D. Rockefeller decided to restore the town and create Colonial Williamsburg, he hired the architectural firm of Perry, Shaw, and Hepburn. The original Raleigh Tavern had burned down in the 1800’s so it was reconstructed on its original foundations to be used as a newly operating tavern. A 20th century commercial kitchen addition was designed and added to the rear of the colonial plan about 1931. This addition consisted of a butler’s pantry, a large kitchen, a servants’ dining room and a storage room on the first floor, with two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor.

When he was in Williamsburg, Mr. Rockefeller would stay in the room at the head of the stairs in the “Raleigh Tavern wing” while Kenneth Chorley, then president of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, would occupy the room at the end of the hall. The Colonial Williamsburg plan to operate the Raleigh Tavern as a restaurant was changed in order to keep the Tavern true to the original 18th century design, so in 1950 the “Raleigh Tavern wing” was sold and the building was moved to the corner of Burns Lane and Goodwin Street, making it the only privately owned structure in the City of Williamsburg designed by Perry, Shaw, and Hepburn.

The Raleigh Tavern Wing is moved from Duke of Gloucester Street to Burns Lane - November 10, 1950

Hornsby Real Estate Co. is proud to offer this unique and prestigious property in the City of Williamsburg.

Lovingly renovated and remodeled over the past 55 years, it is an amazing blend of Colonial & Contemporary style.

The 1950 owner, Hobart Ray, converted the “Raleigh Tavern wing” into a proper residence by moving several walls, making the old kitchen into a formal living room and repositioning the dining room.

The dining room features a full wet bar behind double doors, complete with sink and regrigerator!

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The current owners have made many additions and improvements since purchasing the property in 1960. Major additions in 1972 and 1987 included a large two-part den and family room with a gas fireplace and cathedral ceiling, custom ceramic tile flooring, and a sun porch with a southern elevation opening on the upper deck that extends over the double carport below.

Colonial Sun Porch Overlooks the Upper Deck

In 2004 the kitchen was renovated to include a central island, a seven-foot long pantry, three more pantry/closets, 22 drawers, and a built-in glass display cabinet in the sunny breakfast area.

The first floor master bedroom was greatly enlarged with cathedral ceiling, dressing rooms, a tile shower and Jacuzzi tub, as well as a large laundry and linen room. The extra-thick paneled doors in the master were sourced from the Williamsburg Court House of the 1930’s, now the location of a guest wing at the Williamsburg Lodge. An octagonal deck was also added to wrap-around one of the great oaks in the private garden just off the master bedroom.

Octagonal Deck in Master Garden

The Colonial Williamsburg Landscape Department designed the gardens, built around four majestic Century Oaks on the property.

Multiple Garden vistas at 700 Goodwin Street

This Home Is One of a Kind,

Located Just Across From the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg!

* SOLD August of 2017 *

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