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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

Historic Preservation: Changing Seasons At Jamestown and Yorktown

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Program #7744RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 3, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation in 2008. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk too. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms, so call well in advance. Call our office directly rather than the hotel for these reservations at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 28 - Arrival and Registration/Road Scholar Introductio...
Afternoon: Arrival. Check-In. Welcome. Class: "Introduction to the Seventeenth Century". In anticipation of the work you will be doing to help interpret the past, develop an understanding of the earliest colonial English roots in America along with events in the greater world that affected the lives of the first colonists.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Road Scholar Introductions. Program Overview: "Introduction to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Jamestown Settlement" Learn about the organization that you will be assisting for the next five days and the living museum that it operates near the site of the original Jamestown Fort.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation in 2008. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk too. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms, so call well in advance. Call our office directly rather than the hotel for these reservations at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 29 - Tour of Jamestown Settlement and Service Work/Ser...
Note: A variety of service activities are offered on this day and each succeeding day so that participants can match their physical comfort levels to different tasks. The opportunity is provided to rotate among activities, but those preferring less strenuous jobs will have plenty from which to choose.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Field Trip: "Jamestown Settlement" Before beginning your service work, enjoy a tour of the site where you will be working. Explore the reconstructed venues, including a Powhatan Indian village, the fort with its domestic, religious, and military buildings, and replicas of the three ships that brought the first English settlers to Jamestown. Service Work: Begin one of the various activities that you will be working on over the next two days. Jobs may include landscaping, preparing reed mats for the Indian dwellings, working on costumes for the interpreters and much more. You will have the opportunity to rotate among the activities and concentrate on those you most enjoy.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch at the Settlement

Afternoon: Class: "Rule of Law" Explore the rules and regulations that governed the Jamestown Colony from the earliest directives sent over by the Virginia Company through the beginnings of representative government in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Service Work: Continue with the projects begun in the morning, shifting to different activities as needed or preferred.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Class: "Costume Basics for Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown" A member of the JYF staff describes the research behind the authentic costumes and the processes used to reproduce colonial clothing as accurately as possible for the living museums.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation in 2008. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk too. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms, so call well in advance. Call our office directly rather than the hotel for these reservations at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 30 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Service Work: Continue with projects from the preceding day, adding as needed and time allows new activities such as preparing teacher and student packets for the large numbers of school groups that visit the site.

Lunch: Platter Lunch at Settlement

Afternoon: Performance: "Colonial Instruments" Enjoy a fascinating presentation by a world-renowned musician as he plays and explains a variety of eighteenth century instruments, both familiar and unusual. Service Work: Continue working on projects begun earlier in the day.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Free Evening. Information will be provided about activities that you can participate in on your own.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation in 2008. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk too. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms, so call well in advance. Call our office directly rather than the hotel for these reservations at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 01 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Service Work: Complete projects as you spend your last day at the Settlement and prepare to move to other Foundation sites for the rest of the week.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Class: "Colonial Medicine/Life of a Private" In this introduction to the living history museum at Yorktown you will learn something of the rather remarkable medical practices at the time of the Revolution and investigate the world of a private in the Continental Army.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation in 2008. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk too. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms, so call well in advance. Call our office directly rather than the hotel for these reservations at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 02 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Field Trip: "Yorktown Victory Center" Begin your day at Yorktown with a visit to the museum, the outdoor Revolutionary encampment and the eighteenth century farmstead to learn how soldiers and civilians lived at the time of the War for Independence. Service Work: Begin working on the various projects at this site. Activities may include barrel painting and preparation, landscaping, fence repair, and much more.

Lunch: Box Lunch

Afternoon: Service Work: Continue on the morning's projects, once again rotating among activities depending on the manpower needs and your preferences.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 03 -
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Field Trip: Round out your week with a visit to Historic Jamestowne, the actual site of the first successful English colony in North America. Observe archaeologists working at the original fort site and view the church tower still surviving from the early 1600's. Explore the fabulous Archaearium where artifacts from the Jamestown Rediscovery Project are housed. Here also you can peer through the special floor to see the remains of the early statehouse where democracy took root in the New World.

Lunch: Special Final Lunch and Slide Show of the Week End of Program

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownOur Road Scholar service programs are filled with plenty of work time, along with lectures, field trips and performances. The day-by-day itinerary details what you will see and do. The schedule includes a free afternoon during the week to pursue your own interests; otherwise, there will be only a few hours of unstructured time per day. Because the Road Scholar schedule is so full, there will be little opportunity for independent exploration of other sites in the Williamsburg area. We suggest you consider taking time before or after the program to enjoy local attractions. The Colonial Williamsburg website, www.history.org, includes a detailed calendar of events that you might want to investigate. Websites for other area attractions such as Jamestown and Yorktown will have additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.wm.edu/elderhostel

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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