Georgia Grand Opening Celebration
Sunday, March 26, 2017 Is Your Day, Georgia
A Patriotic Salute to Georgia!
The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
Georgia was featured on March 26.
Welcoming Ceremony 11:00am
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater
We honored the State of Georgia and saluted its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.
Afternoon activities—Education Center Classrooms
Education Center Classroom Programs – 1:00 p.m.
Professor Robert Davis, Historian, Wallace State Community College, Alabama
“Georgia during the American Revolution”
Classroom 1:45 p.m.
Jack Warren, Executive Director The Society of the Cincinnati
“The Battle of Kettle Creek”
Classroom 2:30 p.m.
Rita Elliott, MA. RPA. & Daniel Elliott, MA. RPA, Archeologists, The LAMAR Institute
Archeological Site Excavations at Kettle Creek and Savannah
Program – 4:00 p.m.
Professor Robert Davis
“Elijah Clarke and the American Revolution”
“Georgia Signers of the Declaration of Independence & the U.S. Constitution”
Georgia’s American Revolution story
Georgia was established as a British Colony in 1733 under a Charter issued by King George II of England. Revolutionary warfare throughout Georgia included numerous backcountry skirmishes, two major battles at Savannah, two battles at Augusta, a Patriot victory over the British at Kettle Creek, and continuous harassment of British outposts, garrisons, and supply lines by Georgian guerrilla leader Elijah Clarke. Dr. Lyman Hall was the state’s sole representative at the 2nd Continental Congress in 1775. Hall, Button Gwinnett and George Walton were Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Georgia’s signers of the Constitution included Abraham Baldwin and William Few.
Find trip planning tools on ExploreGeorgia.org, where you can discover Revolutionary War sites. Plan your road trip from Kettle Creek Battlefield and Elijah Clark State Park to Fort Morris Historic Site, stopping along the way at the many museums and cemeteries featuring Revolutionary War soldiers.
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- Click on any of the “Buy” links. You will be directed to a separate site to purchase tickets.
- Click on the “Buy Now” link under History Is Fun on the left hand side of the page.
- Enter approximate date of travel.
- Scroll down and enter the quantity of Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown combination tickets you plan to purchase and choose “Add to Cart.”
- Select “Checkout.” You are ready for your fun-filled adventure!