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Private Tours, Vacation Packages Among Options for Visiting Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 30, 2015 – From private tours to vacation packages, there are a variety of ways to plan a visit this spring or summer to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of the nation’s beginnings through engaging experiences in gallery exhibits and outdoor re-created settings.

At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can climb aboard replicas of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, try on armor and play quoits inside a re-created colonial fort, and grind corn and help fashion a dugout canoe in a Powhatan Indian village. Expansive exhibition galleries portray 17th-century Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures through artifacts, films and interactive exhibits. At the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, exhibits, films and participatory activities transport visitors from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. Outdoors, a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm provide encounters with the daily lives of soldiers and civilians. Visitors can explore soldiers’ tents, join an artillery crew, weed and water crops, and play 18th-century games.

Private tours, available year-round at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, offer families and small groups a customized and in-depth experience with a personal tour guide. Designed for parties of 14 or fewer, a private tour can be added – with advance reservations – to any admission ticket option. Visitors interested in focusing on particular subject areas – foodways, military, historical clothing or gardens – can enhance their private tour with a premium-theme add-on. Information about private tours and premium themes is available at www.historyisfun.org/visit/special-experiences/private-tours/.

Visitors can save with a combination ticket for Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. The two museums also are included with Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens® and other attractions in a variety of Williamsburg area best-value ticket options in 2015 featuring unlimited admission for seven consecutive days, free admission for children under 6 and free parking. Tickets are available at www.historyisfun.org/visit/admission-rates/ and can be packaged with lodging (www.historyisfun.org/visit/vacation-packages/):

History Is Fun! A combination ticket to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center provides unlimited admission to each museum for seven consecutive days when purchased online and represents a 20 percent savings over single-visit, individual-museum admission. The ticket is $21.00 for adults, $10.50 for ages 6 through 12. Package variations include “Historical Gardens,” “Art Escape to Williamsburg” and “History, Shopping and Fun!”

Jamestown and Yorktown Four-Site Value. One ticket for seven consecutive days of unlimited admission to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center is $35.00 for adults, $23.00 for ages 13-15, $12.50 for ages 6-12, and can be packaged with lodging.

America’s Historic Triangle. One ticket for seven consecutive days of unlimited visits to five historical attractions – Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, Yorktown Battlefield, and the Yorktown Victory Center – is $89.00 for adults, $41.00 for ages 6-15, and can be packaged with lodging.

Williamsburg Flex. One ticket for seven consecutive days of unlimited visits, spring to mid-fall, to six attractions – Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown Victory Center, and Busch Gardens® – is $193.50 for adults, $152.20 for ages 6-15 and can be packaged with lodging. From mid-May through Labor Day, the Williamsburg Flex ticket includes Water Country USA® as a free bonus.

Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. from June 15 through August 15. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 South at the Colonial Parkway next to Historic Jamestowne, administered by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown near Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.



Historical Clothing Expert Will Speak April 7 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 24, 2015 – British historian Stuart Peachey will present “Clothing of the Common People in Elizabethan and Jacobean England” at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, April 7. The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m. A specialist in the English Civil War and the history of food and clothing, Mr. Peachey is director of Historical Management Associates in Bristol, England, a li

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Forty-five People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in March 28 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 18, 2015 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens will be held on Saturday, March 28, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia.  The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immi

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With Move to New Building, Yorktown Victory Center is Midway in Transformation into American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

MIDPOINT MILESTONE YORKTOWN, Va., March 12, 2015 – With the completion of an 80,000-square-foot building – a distinctive new Yorktown landmark – the Yorktown Victory Center has reached a midpoint milestone in its transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Yorktown Victory Center and the museum replacement project are managed by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Vi

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Welch Fusiliers Topic of Lecture March 24 at Yorktown Victory Center

YORKTOWN, Va., March 5, 2015 – Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, Ph.D., will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Yorktown Victory Center on the subject of his book “‘That Astonishing Infantry’: The History of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1689-2006.” General Riley, who earned a doctorate in Modern History from Cranfield University, served in the British Army from 1973 to 2009 and in the 19

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‘Military Through The Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Presents Centuries of Military History — and Music

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 2, 2015 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together for one weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event. This chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature more than 35 groups b

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Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Grant Supports Acquisition of 1730s Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, Once Enslaved in American Colonies

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 19, 2015 – The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond has awarded a grant of $150,000 in support of the recent acquisition of a rare 1730s portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo for exhibit at the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.  The portrait is one of two known paintings of Diallo made in England by William Hoare, th

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Four Elected to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. February 12, 2015 – T.J. Cardwell of Williamsburg and Terry E. Hall, Brian K. Skinner and Alexis Swann of Yorktown have been elected to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors. The Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit entity that coordinates fundraising to benefit programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestow

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African-American Folk Tales and Songs Take Center Stage at Jamestown Settlement Weekend of February 14 and 15

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – “African-American Musical Imprint Weekend,” February 14 and 15 at Jamestown Settlement, will showcase performances by “The Storyteller” Dylan Pritchett, the Northern Neck Chantey Singers and Legacy of Weyanoke. The music and storytelling weekend is a highlight of “From Africa to Virginia” month at the state-operated living-history museum, with gallery exhib

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New Museum Building, Maritime Exhibition, Varied Special Programs Hallmarks of 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – A new museum building at the Yorktown Victory Center and a maritime special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement provide the backdrop for an array of special public programs throughout 2015. The two state-operated living-history museums tell the story of America’s beginnings through indoor films and exhibits and outdoor re-created settings: Powhatan Indian villa

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Experience Slight Visitation, Revenue Declines in 2014

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 13, 2015 – Paid visitation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 546,671 in 2014, a decrease of 2.4 percent from 2013. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,026,279 in 2014, down 2.5 percent. Paid attendance was 393,697 at Jamestown Settlement, 1.9 percent less than in

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‘From Africa to Virginia’ Theme Shapes February Programming at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

‘African-American Musical Imprint Weekend’ February 14-15 at Jamestown Settlement WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 12, 2015 – February is “From Africa to Virginia” month at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. Gallery exhibits and daily interpretive programs highlight the culture of the first recorded Africans in Virginia and the experience of people of African descent in

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Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation Grant Benefits American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 6, 2015 – The Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation, a supporting organization of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, has provided a grant of $150,000 in support of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to replace the Yorktown Victory Center in late 2016. In recent years the Gray Foundation has awarded grants totaling $259,000

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