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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in Progress


Eagle Sculpture Crowns Yorktown Museum Building Entrance
Eagle sculpture at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

“Freedom’s Sentinel,” an 18-foot-wide, 500-pound sculpture depicting an eagle mantling two eaglets between its outspread wings, has been installed on the pediment crowning the main entrance of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown building and is on public view as of May 20, 2016. The work was sculpted by nationally prominent artist David H. Turner, who also created “A Fair Wind” at Jamestown Settlement’s Quadricentennial Plaza.

“Freedom’s Sentinel” was selected as the name for the eagle sculpture through a process involving Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and board members. A stars-and-stripes shield on the eagle’s chest represents the 13 colonies at the time of the Revolution, and the two eaglets reflect the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s mission to educate future generations.


Life-cast figures in place
2016-05-11 Exhibit settings 658x475

Several of the figures created by EIS Studio for gallery settings, photographed on May 9, 2016, are in place – a cargo handler and foundry worker in a wharf setting in “The Changing Relationship – Britain and North America” section, and occupants of re-created room interiors in the “Revolution“ section.


French cannon tube in production
French cannon tube at new Yorktown museum

This full-scale model of a French siege cannon tube, 10 feet in length, shown in production at Turner Sculpture on April 7, 2016, will be displayed outside the Siege of Yorktown experiential theater in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries.


Mural installed
Mural installed at Yorktown Victory Center

A 34-foot-long mural depicting the British surrender at Yorktown in October 1781 was installed April 6, 2016, in the museum entrance lobby. The mural is composed of images from a film made by Cortina Productions for an immersive theater experience in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries. Gallagher & Associates, exhibit designer for the new galleries, and Design and Production Incorporated, exhibit fabricator, along with Keith-Fabry reprographics company, created and mounted the mural.


Living Quarters Taking Shape
2016-03-29 Composite of Living Quarters by Class

When completed, three re-created interiors in the “Revolution” section of the new museum galleries – representing dwellings of elite, “middling” and enslaved people – will provide a backdrop for the stories of diverse Americans.


Wharf setting in new museum galleries
Composite - Wharf and Foundary

Inside the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries, work was underway in Winter 2016 on creating a full-scale wharf setting, where issues of taxation and importation will be addressed. Located in “The Changing Relationship – Britain and North America” section of the galleries, the setting includes a tavern, foundry and store.


Declaration of Independence exhibit space takes shape
Declaration of Independence exhibit space

Columns surround the domed exhibit space for the rare July 1776 broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence in the “Revolution” section of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries, photographed on February 18, 2016.


Eagle sculpture nearing completion
Eagle sculpture with sculptor David Turner

A sculpture to be placed on the pediment at the entrance to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown building is nearing completion at Turner Sculpture in Onley, Virginia. Depicting an eagle mantling two eaglets between its wings, the sculpture is 17 feet across and weighs 500 pounds. A stars-and-stripes shield on the eagle’s chest represents the 13 colonies at the time of the Revolution, and the two eaglets reflect the museum’s mission to educate future generations. Sculptor David H. Turner (shown at his studio on February 5, 2016) has more than 60 commissioned works on public display across the country, including “A Fair Wind” at Jamestown Settlement’s Quandricentennial Plaza.


Pathway construction to outdoor areas completed
Paved Walkway to Outdoor Living History Areas

The pathway construction between the new museum building and the future outdoor living-history areas is shown December 2 (left) from the berm looking down at workers laying brick pavers, and the completed pathway on January 19.


Display case for Hubard copy of Houdon’s George Washington Statue
George Washington statue display case

The case at left, photographed on November 20, 2015, will contain the Hubard copy of the Houdon statue of George Washington in the exhibition galleries, now under construction, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The original statue, executed in marble by French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon, was commissioned by the Virginia Assembly to be installed in the state Capitol at Richmond. In 1853 the Virginia Assembly granted permission to William James Hubard to produce an official copy edition. This rare plaster version, a gift to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation from the Library of Virginia, was exhibited in the U.S. Capitol from 1870 to 1950.