June 7, 2007
YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER’S ‘LIBERTY CELEBRATION’
SALUTES AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
YORKTOWN, Va. – Salute America during a “Liberty Celebration,” Tuesday through Thursday, July 3-5, at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all three days, visitors can observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, and learn about the sacrifices of our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence.
The sights and sounds of the American Revolution come alive outdoors in re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s Tidewater Virginia farm.
At the Continental Army encampment, visitors can join in military drills throughout the day. At 10:05 a.m. and 4:05 p.m. each day, visitors can watch costumed historical interpreters take up arms for a tactical drill and then participate in a wooden musket drill. A daily program at 12:35 p.m. will examine the effectiveness of a mortar, a type of artillery used during the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. At 11:05 a.m. and 2:35 p.m., visitors can join in an 18th-century artillery crew to learn the steps toward firing a six-pound brass cannon. Following the cannon drill, visitors can step back to observe an actual firing of the cannon.
In the 1780s farm, visitors to the kitchen at 1:05 p.m. each day will learn about the contributions of European, American Indian and African cultures to American cooking, and about the origins of apple pie and other “American” dishes.
During “The Price of Liberty,” a daily program held at 11:35 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. in the farm, visitors will learn about the sacrifices of Americans who declared independence from Great Britain – from the individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence to farmers, merchants, women and slaves. Each day concludes at 5:05 p.m. with a participatory drill at the farm, where visitors can experience the fight for freedom by training as a member of the citizen militia.
The Yorktown Victory Center chronicles the American Revolution from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. Visitors can start their experience along an outdoor timeline to gain insight to the events that led to the conflict between the American colonies and Britain.
A newly renovated Declaration of Independence Gallery explores the document that articulated radical ideas inspiring decisive action. Among objects on exhibit is a 1791 copy of Thomas Paine’s 1776 “Common Sense,” a pamphlet that turned the tide of public opinion in favor of independence.
In the Witnesses to Revolution Gallery, visitors can hear firsthand accounts of the war’s impact upon everyday people of the 18th century, including Africans, American Indians and women – for whom the concepts of liberty and equality did not apply. Visitors also can learn about the movements of British, American and French troops that converged on Yorktown in 1781 and take in “A Time of Revolution,” a film shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater.
2007 admission to the Yorktown Victory Center is $8.75 for adults and $4.50 for youth ages 6 through 12. A combination ticket and annual pass are available with Jamestown Settlement. Event activities are sponsored in part by the York County Arts Commission.
The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll free or (757) 253-4838.