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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

Digging Into History: Archaeology and Preservation of Virginia’s Heritage

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Program #15964RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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Itinerary for May 11 — May 16, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 11 - Overview of Program, Introduction to the Seventee...
Afternoon: 4:00 pm Arrival/Check-in, program registration Class: Class: "Introduction to the Seventeenth Century World Picture", An overview of the European and American history of the era. Trace the development of early America beginning with the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown in 1607. Learn about our country's European roots and the economic, political, and social forces that led intrepid explorers to venture into the uncharted oceans of the world.

Dinner: Enjoy a good, traditional style dinner with a Southern accent, served buffet style in a private dining area. All dinners for the week will be in this venue.

Evening: Welcome, announcements, and overview of week's activities

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 12 - Background Presentations; Introduction to Dig Sit...
Background Presentations; Introduction to Dig Site and Preliminary Digging

Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "The Powhatan Indians and Their World" Enjoy a detailed look at the culture of the Eastern Woodland Indians who had occupied the Tidewater region of Virginia for centuries before the coming of the first Europeans. Their day to day lives, government, social structure and more will be discussed. Class: "James City County Archaeology" With the chief archaeologist of the sites where you will be working, explore the long history of James City County and the wealth of historically significant locations that are situated within the bounds of what was one of the original six shires of colonial Virginia.

Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.

Afternoon: Activity: Service work at designated dig site. May include site plotting, soil removal, screening, and field cataloguing. Previous digs have explored colonial cellars, 16th and 17th century foundations, and farm sites. Participants have found everything from animal bones to buttons to pottery and wine bottles. The potential for unique and exciting finds is high.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Class: "From Ajacan to Roanoke to Jamestown, 1570-1607" Explore the very earliest European attempts to settle the Chesapeake region. Learn about the first disaster experienced by the Spanish at a site still not clearly identified. Then consider the second that saw the English in what is now North Carolina with the famous "Lost Colony". Finally investigate the settlement at Jamestown, begun in 1607, that took hold and gave the English a foothold in the New World.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 13 - Lots of time for digging! Visit to Governor's La...
Lots of time for digging! Visit to Governor's Land Archaeological District

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area

Morning: Activity: Continue archaeological service work

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch at the dig site or a nearby picnic area. Meal includes a sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie, along with a choice of water or soft drinks.

Afternoon: Activity: Continue archaeological service work Field Trip: "Governor's Land Archaeological District" Once again join the chief archaeologist to explore in the field some of the most significant early colonial sites on the mainland near Jamestown. This walk will give you an interactive feel for the the ebb and flow of the growing Virginia colony in the 17th century.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Free Evening: Information will be provided about concerts, tours, and other activities to investigate on your own. Among the choices is an organ concert at the historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg,

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 14 - Visits to Historic Jamestowne and the Jamestown R...
Visits to Historic Jamestowne and the Jamestown Rediscovery Project Labs; Visit from a 17th Century Lady

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area

Morning: Field Trip: "Historic Jamestowne" Accompanied by a local expert, explore the island where the English were finally able to establish a permanent colony in North America. Enjoy the informative and engaging introductory film, sit in the reconstructed church, look into the ongoing dig site at the original fort. Finish with a visit to the amazing Archaearium where the incredible finds from Jamestown Rediscovery are on display. Field Trip: "Jamestown Rediscovery" Experience a behind the scenes interaction with one or more members of the staff of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. This nearly two decade old effort uncovered the site of the original fort long thought lost to erosion by the James River. The artifacts and features uncovered by the Project have vastly increased our knowledge of the Jamestown colony, both in its physical appearance and the culture of its inhabitants. (Dependent upon availability of Project staff)

Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "Jamstowne Stories by Lady Yeardley, 1625" Artifacts and stains in the dirt are one way of learning about the past, but even better is to meet someone who "lived" long ago. Enjoy a conversation with a delightful interpreter who will make you feel that you are truly speaking to an early colonist.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 15 - Lots of digging today! Colonial music in the even...
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area

Morning: Class: "Governor's Land Archaeological District" Now that you have had a chance to explore the district with your feet and senses, join with the chief archaeologist to discuss the history surrounding the area and its evolution during the past four centuries. Activity: Continue service work at dig site

Lunch: Pause for lunch at the nearby Café at Jamestown Settlement with a box lunch of soup and salad or sandwich, chips, drink, and dessert.

Afternoon: Activity: Continue service work at dig site

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "Early Colonial Music" Enjoy the marvelous talents of a costumed musician as he describes and plays a variety of instruments that would have entertained our seventeenth and eighteenth century forebears.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 16 - A little bit more digging and a farewell luncheon
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area

Morning: Activity: Complete service work at dig site Clean-up, Checkout

Lunch: Let us treat you to a tasty Farewell Luncheon at the hotel as our thanks for all your hard work.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownWhen you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with classes and extracurricular activities; your free time will be limited to only a few hours a day. We spend much of our time at the archaeological sites. There will be very little time to explore the many historical sites in the Williamsburg area. Consider staying an extra day or two at the end of the program to enjoy the local attractions. Visit our web page for links, sample schedules, hotel webpages, Colonial Williamsburg and more.
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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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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