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Va. Executive Mansion's bicentennial celebrated with new exhibit

Thursday - 3/14/2013, 6:45am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A new exhibit is celebrating the bicentennial of Virginia's Executive Mansion.

The state Department of Historic Resources opened the "Unearthing the Bicentennial" this week and will be open to the public through July.

The exhibit contains items discovered during an archaeological investigation at the mansion. It also features dishes and glassware spanning from the 1800s to the current administration.

Officials say the contents of the display are the result of an uncovering of a small brick foundation during construction work on the mansion grounds in the late 1990s.

Many of the relics date back to the second half of the 19th century, most likely to the administrations of governors Floyd and Smith.

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