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How U.S. independence began in a Williamsburg tavern

You can drink in the history of America's independence at the Raleigh Tavern right here in Colonial Williamsburg. Enter the door and envision Patrick Henry calling give me liberty and a pint of ale. In one corner, old friends George Washington and George Mason are deep in conversation. Thomas Jefferson breezes through in pursuit of happiness.

As a young law student in what he called "Devilsburg," Jefferson wrote about a happy evening dancing with Rebecca Burwell of Carter's Grove in the Raleigh Tavern's Apollo Room. All of this was in keeping with the Latin words painted in gilt over the room's mantel, which translate to: "Jollity, the offspring of wisdom and good...