America's Historic Triangle Itinerary
America’s Historic Triangle – 3 days/2 nights
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 in 2011 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/ticket features unlimited admission to three premier living-history museums – Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – 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 from April 15 through October 31, can park their vehicles and take a free shuttle service connecting the Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown destinations.
Day One – Start your tour at 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 our two museum stores, filled with unique finds, and dine on the banks of the James River in the new Dale House Café. Spend the afternoon at Jamestown Settlement 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.
Day Two – 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 sixth season of the highly acclaimed Revolutionary City® program returns in 2011. 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.
Guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Museums will witness several featured attractions. 2011 marks the 32nd 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.
Day Three – Start your morning 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 15-16 at the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown history museum during its “Yorktown Victory Celebration” event. Visit Riverwalk Landing or the Carrot Tree for lunch. Then enjoy the afternoon at the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The museum 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. Muster with troops in a Continental Army encampment to experience a soldier’s life and, on a re-created 1780s farm, help with chores such as weeding the garden and processing flax.
The 2011 America’s Historic Triangle vacation packages offer a wide variety of lodging from budget, mid-range, to deluxe accommodations, and include unlimited visits to all five historic attractions. Packages start at $399 for 2 adults for 3 nights.