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AMERICA’S HISTORIC TRIANGLE OFFERS HOLIDAY FUN IN EVERY CORNER

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 1, 2012 — ’Tis the season for holiday fun in America’s Historic Triangle, where a year-round vacation package allows visitors to take in the sights and sounds of the season with engaging living-history programs and special events that bring fresh perspectives to stories of the nation’s beginnings – the 1607 founding at Jamestown of the first permanent English colony, Revolutionary times in Williamsburg, and the securing of independence at Yorktown in 1781.

The America’s Historic Triangle vacation package features unlimited admission to three premier living-history museums – Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center – and two National Park sites – Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield – and modern-day accommodations for up to seven days. It’s also a season for saving, as the package offers affordable options for a holiday getaway to the Williamsburg area.

Explore the nation’s beginnings in Jamestown, where the 1607 site of America’s first permanent English colony is preserved at Historic Jamestowne. Jamestown Settlement chronicles the 1600s through extensive gallery exhibits and living history at re-created ships, fort and Powhatan Indian village. In Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, discover the restored 18th-century colonial Virginia capital, where patriots ignited the cause for freedom and laid the groundwork for the creation of this great nation. At Yorktown, walk the ground where America’s independence was won in 1781 at Yorktown Battlefield. Discover the lives of people who witnessed the Revolution through the Yorktown Victory Center’s gallery exhibits and living-history in a re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm.

The holiday season begins on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, with a three-day “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” event at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, exploring centuries-old cooking techniques and food preservation methods of early Americans. November 23 launches a monthlong array of festivities throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, including the traditional “Grand Illumination, an event that kicks off the holiday season and features fireworks, music and candlelit buildings on December 2. In addition, families will enjoy discovering 17th- and 18th-century English and American holiday traditions throughout December during Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center’s “A Colonial Christmas” and enjoy an evening of festivities and caroling at the Historic Jamestowne Memorial Church during “At Christmas be mery” on December 19 and 21 (separate admission required).

The America’s Historic Triangle vacation package includes lodging at one of a variety of Williamsburg area accommodations and unlimited visits with free parking to all five attractions during the package stay for up to seven days. In 2012, packages start at $389 for two adults and two children, based on a double occupancy, with a minimum two-night stay. A separate America’s Historic Triangle attraction admission ticket is available at $81 for adults (ages 18 and older) and $35.50 for children (ages 6-17). Shopping and dining options are available at all locations.

For a complete listing of holiday events that are free or included with America’s Historic Triangle ticket or about America’s Historic Triangle vacation package, visit hif.ciniva.net/americas-historic-triangle.htm or call 1-888-463-0206.

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MEDIA CONTACTS FOR “AMERICA’S HISTORIC TRIANGLE” DESTINATIONS:

Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums
Jim Bradley, (757) 220-7281or jbradley@cwf.org

Historic Jamestowne & Yorktown Battlefield (National Park Service)
Michael Byrd, (757) 898-2422,
michael_byrd@nps.gov

Historic Jamestowne (Preservation Virginia)
Jim Bradley, (757) 220-7281or jbradley@cwf.org

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Tracy Perkins, (757) 253-4114 or
tracy.perkins@jyf.virginia.gov