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Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party

Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party


Open to the Public


Separate Ticket Required

Join us for an immersive 18th-century garden party celebrating Flowers and Fashion at the Governor’s Palace. Welcomed by their host Mr. Thomas Jefferson, guests will enjoy the frivolities of May with libations, traditional music, dancing, and theatrics. Highlights include a most fashionable musical presentation inspired by artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Rococo masterpiece, The Swing, culminating in a grand display of fireworks. All guests are encouraged to wear 18th-century attire and walk the Palace Green carpet prior to entry.

Costumes and accessories available for purchase at Tarpley, Thompson & Company.  Rentals are available at William Pitt Store.  Must be at least 21 years old to attend.  A sampling of Virginia wines shall be provided by the Williamsburg Winery. 

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Unfortunately, children are not permitted at the Garden Party. All guests must be at least 21 years old. Please be sure to bring your valid ID with you to the event. ID will be checked for all guests at the point of entry.


We recommend parking at the COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG REGIONAL VISITOR CENTER and using our complimentary, handicap-accessible shuttle to the Historic Area. The shuttle will drop you off at the Governor’s Palace Bus Stop, next to the event. A shuttle bus arrives at the Palace Bus Stop at least once every fifteen minutes. The last bus of the evening runs at 10:00 p.m.


While most of the event is handicap accessible, there are a few locations at the Governor's Palace that are only accessible using steps.


In the case of inclement weather, this event may be moved to the Saturday May 2 rain date. Weather and event updates will be communicated on the event Facebook page as well as our weather updates page. Refunds can be processed by calling (888) 965-7254.


A variety of desserts, punch and a sampling of Virginia wines, courtesy of Williamsburg Winery are included with your ticket. There will not be food and drink available for purchase at the event. Some Gluten-free options will also be available.


To create a fully immersive experience, we encourage all guests to dress in their finest historic attire, but costumes are not required. Evening attire is an alternative; however, we do encourage all to accessorize with 18th-century pieces (such as a hat or fan).

  • Yes, colonial attire is available for purchase. Tarpley, Thompson & Co. in the Historic Area offers apparel and accessories selections for both gentlemen and ladies. You can find readymade apparel such as gowns, jackets, petticoats, hats and other accessories for the ladies and breeches, weskits, shirts, jackets, hats and other accessories for the gentlemen. Custom-made attire is available to order for men and women as well, but please note that all custom orders must be placed no later than April 1, 2020. A 20 percent discount will be offered on all purchased costumes and accessories with your ticket to the event.

  • A limited number of basic costumes will be available for rent. Rentals will be $35, available for pick up at the William Pitt Store in the Historic Area. The rental period will be from noon Thursday April 30 to noon Saturday May 2.

    Contact Denise Chiera at [email protected] or Michelle Bullock at [email protected] for information about costume rental, purchase, custom-made attire, and accessories.


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