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JAMES CITY COUNTY GRANT SUPPORTS 2013 EXHIBITION, ‘JAMESTOWN’S LEGACY TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION’

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 20, 2012 – James City County has provided a grant of $115,000 in support of a special exhibition opening next year at Jamestown Settlement living-history museum.  From March 1, 2013, through January 20, 2014, “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” will profile American Revolution-period descendants of people associated with 17th-century Jamestown and will showcase artifacts acquired for exhibit at the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.

Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are operated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency.

“Through this grant, the James City County Board of Supervisors continues its support and interest in helping the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation provide new exhibits for residents and visitors alike,” said James City County Administrator Robert C. Middaugh.

An overview of King George III’s Virginia – with an 18th-century, full-length portrait by Allan Ramsay of Britain’s monarch at the time of the American Revolution – will set the stage in “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” for an examination of the lives and lineages of several Virginia merchants, planters, soldiers and statesmen.  Their stories will be illustrated with an array of objects – military and domestic items and documents, including “Extracts from the Votes and Proceedings of the American Continental Congress,” published in 1774.  George Washington, depicted in a 19th-century life-size statue that once stood in the Hall of Representatives of the U.S. Capitol, will have a key role in the exhibition.

The current Jamestown Settlement special exhibition, “The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World,” organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, continues through August 15.

Jamestown Settlement, located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway, is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August 15 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning August 16.  Permanent museum exhibits include expansive exhibition galleries and outdoor re-creations of an early 17th-century Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and a 1610-14 colonial fort.  2012 general admission is $15.50 for adults and $7.25 for ages 6 through 12.  A combination ticket is available with the Yorktown Victory Center, where work is under way on transforming the site into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  Residents of James City and York counties and the City of Williamsburg, including the College of William and Mary, receive complimentary admission to both museums with proof of residency.

For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.