FIVE HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS + ONE TICKET = AN ALL-AMERICAN VACATION IN AMERICA’S HISTORIC TRIANGLE
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Experience four seasons of fun in America’s Historic Triangle, where a year-round vacation package allows visitors to take part in engaging living-history programs and special events and exhibitions 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. Visitors can take a 23-mile journey along the scenic Colonial Parkway to reach all five historical attractions and seasonally can park their vehicles and take a free shuttle service connecting the Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown destinations. The Historic Triangle Shuttle operates March 16 through November 1 in 2009.
Historic Jamestowne, the site of America’s first permanent English settlement, offers a wealth of activities, from witnessing archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation and touring the Archaearium museum to exploring the Glasshouse with costumed glassblowers demonstrating one of America’s first industries. Visitors can walk through the original 17th-century church tower, take a tour through the historic town site to see representations of many of the buildings that once stood there, tour the Visitor Center with exhibits and a multimedia presentation, shop in its museum stores, filled with unique finds, and dine on the banks of the James River in the new Dale House Café. On May 16, “Jamestown Day,” a jointly sponsored event with Jamestown Settlement history museum, commemorates the 402nd anniversary of Jamestown’s founding.
Jamestown Settlement is a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia. Expansive exhibition galleries and an introductory film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in 17th-century Virginia. Outdoors, historical interpreters depict 1600s life at re-creations of the colonists’ fort, three 1607 ships and a Powhatan Indian village, and at a seasonal riverfront discovery area that explores waterway transportation and commercial activities. Daily year-round offerings are enhanced in 2009 with an array of special programs and a special exhibition, “Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies,” March 1 through October 15 that explores the shared history and links between England’s first two permanent colonies in the New World, on the occasion of Bermuda’s 400th anniversary.
Guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Museums will witness several featured attractions. 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg’s African American programs. Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of programs that demonstrate how African Americans, both free and enslaved, lived in the 18th-century Williamsburg. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation also operates the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and Bassett Hall. The newest exhibition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, “Sidewalks to Rooftops,” celebrates the 19th-century predecessors of modern advertising, including painted signboards featuring eye-catching symbols and three-dimensional trade figures—such as cigar store Indians—that have largely disappeared from today’s sidewalks, building facades and countertops. The Foundation is reconstructing Richard Charlton’s Coffeehouse on its original foundations to re-create the 1765 hotbed of political, business and social activity adjacent to the colonial Capitol. The project is one of the most important reconstructions on the Historic Area’s Duke of Gloucester Street in half a century.
At Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, 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. The 301-acre Historic Area is comprised of 88 original buildings and hundreds of other homes, trades shops and exhibition buildings, plus other structures that have been reconstructed on their original foundations. Colonial Williamsburg’s fourth season of the highly acclaimed Revolutionary City® program returns in 2009. The two-hour, outdoor dramatic presentation offers interactive stories and events each day on Duke of Gloucester Street beginning at the Capitol. Guests follow their Revolutionary-era forebears’ transition from subjects to citizens. “Revolutionary City: The Collapse of Royal Government” features the clash of wills as the Crown and Parliament attempt to rein in their unruly colonies by depicting pivotal events during 1774 to 1776. During “Revolutionary City: Citizens at War, 1776-1781,” the colonists face challenges as they create a new self-governing society against the backdrop of war. “Revolutionary City: Building a Nation” introduces guests to Nation Builders who through their Williamsburg connections helped shape their times and continue to influence American ideals today. “Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Families and Patriots of All Ages” gives families a primer and how to enjoy the events that take place during Revolutionary City daily. The Revolutionary City is designed to provide timeless parallels between the lives of modern Americans and corresponding 18th-century events and issues. It is a uniquely American story, presented where the events actually happened.
In Yorktown, walk the ground where America’s independence was won in 1781 at Yorktown Battlefield. At the site of the final major clash of the American Revolution, visitors can follow in the footsteps of General Washington and walk where this historic event took place, drive the battlefield and encampment tour roads, visit the Moore House where surrender negotiations took place, see the site of the British surrender, and watch “The Siege at Yorktown” film at the National Park Service Visitor Center, which displays artifacts from the siege, including tents used by General Washington. The 1781 American Revolutionary War victory is observed annually on October 19 with town-wide festivities, including patriotic ceremonies and a parade, and on October 17-18 at the Yorktown Victory Center history museum during its “Yorktown Victory Celebration” event.
The Yorktown Victory Center chronicles America’s struggle for independence from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of a new nation. A Declaration of Independence Gallery emphasizes the dramatic impact and relevance of this historic document. Exhibits also provide eyewitness accounts of the American Revolution and describe the convergence of forces on Yorktown in 1781 for the climactic military engagement of the Revolution. Outdoors, historical interpreters engage visitors in everyday life during the Revolutionary era. Visitors can learn about a soldier’s life in a re-created Continental Army encampment and on a re-created 1780s farm help with chores such as weeding the garden and processing flax.
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 2009, packages start at $165 per person, based on a double occupancy, with a minimum two-night stay. A separate America’s Historic Triangle attraction admission ticket is available at $80.25 for adults (ages 18 and older) and $33.25 for children (ages 6-17).
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MEDIA CONTACTS FOR “AMERICA’S HISTORIC TRIANGLE” DESTINATIONS:
Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Museums
Penna Rogers, (757) 220-7121
Historic Jamestowne & Yorktown Battlefield (National Park Service)
Mike Litterst, (757) 898-2409
Historic Jamestowne (Preservation Virginia)
Tina Calhoun, (804) 648-1889
Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Tracy Perkins, (757) 253-4114