Dedication Day - Virginia
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Is Our Day Virginia
A Patriotic Salute to Virginia!
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.
Dedication Day was April 1
The Dedication Ceremony of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown launched Virginia Day festivities, filled with the pageantry, fun and excitement of an 18th-century fair.
- Tradesman and artisans — basket-makers, leather-workers, tinsmiths, milliners, tailors and seamstresses — demonstrated their skills and craftsmanship throughout the day in outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
- Strolling musicians, a silhouette artist, puppeteers and jugglers offered period entertainment throughout the day. Visitors joined in the fun as 18th-century games played out for visitors of all ages.
- Musical performances in the Continental Army encampment’s Artillery Amphitheater were presented in the afternoon. The fife-and-drum sounds of Field Musick Virginia presented a mix of American Revolution military music and instrumental history. Early American music was performed by The Itinerant Band, and David and Ginger Hildebrand played music of the American colonial period.
- Visitors explored the new museum exhibition galleries and experienced period artifacts, interactive exhibits and films, including “Liberty Fever” and “The Siege of Yorktown.”
- Visitors “enlisted” in General Washington’s Army in the Continental Army encampment and served as part of the artillery crew in the Artillery Amphitheater, learning the duties of the regimental surgeon, quartermaster and how the army prepared meals.
- Military re-enactors, including the 1st Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line – Infantry and Mounted Dragoon section with its horses, demonstrated techniques used by cavalry units during the American Revolution. Also encamped were members of the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line.
- Visitors lent a hand on our new Revolution- era farm as meals needed preparing, gardens needed planting and fences need building. They explored the newly completed house, kitchen, enslaved African’s quarters and barn.
Virginia’s Role in the American Revolution
Virginians made significant contributions during the Revolutionary War era. Many Virginia patriots served in the Continental Army and fought against Great Britain, which eventually led to the British surrender at Yorktown.
Some Virginians were neutral while others remained loyal to Great Britain. Enslaved African Americans fought for a better chance of freedom and other free African Americans fought for independence in the American Revolution. Many American Indians fought alongside both the Virginia patriots and the British.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry were native Virginians with major roles in the American Revolution. Washington provided military leadership by serving as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Jefferson provided political leadership by expressing the reasons for colonial independence from Great Britain in the Declaration of Independence. Patrick Henry inspired patriots from other colonies when he spoke out against taxation without representation in his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.
The actions of Jack Jouett prevented the capture of key members of the Virginia General Assembly. He rode on horseback through the backwoods of Virginia to Charlottesville to warn Thomas Jefferson, then governor of Virginia, that the British were coming to arrest him and members of the General Assembly.
The last major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought at Yorktown, Virginia, and the American victory resulted in the surrender of the British army, which led to the end of the war.
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