The main street in Colonial Williamsburg, Duke of Gloucester Street, is lined with taverns, stores and homes. Similar to today’s legislative cities, numerous taverns such as the Brick House and Shields taverns, surround the Capitol building. Apparently legislative work functions best when well lubricated.
The Bruton Parish church is located closer to the Governor’s Palace than it is to the Capitol Building, a distance from the gaiety of the taverns.
As small as Colonial Williamsburg is, it appears the residents used short-cuts rather than streets to get between buildings. It is very common to see stone-line paths crisscrossing between homes and businesses.