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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown

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Itinerary for Mar 8 — Mar 14, 2015

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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, March 08 - Arrival and Check-in / Introduction to Williamsbu...
Arrival and Check-in / Introduction to Williamsburg / Welcome Dinner / Orientation

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 4:00 p.m.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

We begin our immersion in colonial and revolutionary Virginia with an expert presentation on Williamsburg. Learn about the town’s history from its beginnings when the colonial capital moved from Jamestown to Middle Plantation. Follow its growth through the 18th century to its height during the Revolution. Then trace its decline with the removal of the capital to Richmond, leaving little more than the College and the hospital for the insane. Finally gain an appreciation for its phoenix-like rise in the early 20th century thanks to vision of a local minister and the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., resulting in today’s treasure of colonial American interpretation.

Dinner: In our private dining area at the hotel, enjoy a Southern accented buffet supper with entrées such as roasted turkey, London broil, or pan-seared tilapia, with sides of candied yams, red beans and rice or corn bread, with dessert plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

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, March 09 - Archaeology and the Rediscovery of Jamestown / Hi...
Archaeology and the Rediscovery of Jamestown / Historic Jamestowne Field Trip / A Lady of the 17th Century

Note: This program includes significant physical activity. Today's field trip includes an extended walk of nearly a mile round trip; slightly rolling terrain, paved and gravel paths; quite a bit of standing, few resting places. Those who are concerned about the physical challenges can remain in the Visitor Center that offers both detailed exhibits and a fascinating "in the round" video of the Jamestown story. The dig site is about half way on the walk and the Archaearium is at the far end.

Breakfast: In our private dining area, start the day with a breakfast buffet offering choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal with toppings, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, cinnamon apples, seasonal fruit, assorted cold cereals with milk, bagels with toppings, bread for toast, and juices plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In an illustrated two-part presentation, an expert associated with Historic Jamestowne provides a fascinating, in-depth look at the incredible Jamestown Rediscovery Project that has been underway for more than 20 years. The site — where the first English settlers built a fort to establish a permanent settlement in North America — was long thought lost to erosion by the James River, but through the perseverance of a dedicated team of archaeologists it has slowly been revealing its incredible secrets.

Lunch: In our private dining area at the hotel, enjoy midday fare that may include entrée salads, pasta bar with toppings, or quiche, with fruit and a sweet treat such as pudding or cobbler plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We board our motorcoach for a field trip to Historic Jamestowne, managed by a private/public partnership between Preservation of Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg, and the National Park Service. We begin at the Visitor Center, where you can see a film and exhibits later on your own. Then, led by an expert, we will explore the site of the original fort and view the area now under investigation by archaeologists. Depending on the season, you may see members of the team actively working at the dig.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: What better way to experience a different time than to meet someone who lived then? This evening, engage in a conversation with a lady of the 17th Century, personified by a talented and knowledgeable costumed interpreter. You will quickly begin to feel that you are truly in the presence of an early colonist as she shares tales of triumphs, tragedies, and the mundane activities of daily life. Be prepared to share your own travel adventures and why you would have emigrated to this new colony on the edge of wilderness.

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, March 10 - Slavery and Native Peoples / Jamestown Settlement...
Note: The Settlement field trip includes an extended walk of nearly a mile down and back up a gently sloping hill. Those who wish can board one of the reconstructed ships via a gangway and investigate the decks by climbing steep, narrow stairs. Anyone preferring a less active experience can explore extensive galleries in the indoor museum; special exhibits on the second floor can be reached by elevator.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our first session today focuses on slavery in the 18th century. With a noted expert, we will examine the evolution of slavery from its introduction in the 17th century, from a form of indentured servitude to lifelong bondage. We will also consider the impact of the “peculiar institution” on families black and white, cultural influences brought to America from Africa, attitudes toward race in the colonial era including changes in laws that reflected and institutionalized the status of Africans in Virginia, and other facets of the lives of both masters and slaves.

We will also learn about Colonial Williamsburg's native peoples with a guest speaker from Colonial Williamsburg’s Native American Initiative, tracing the interactions of Indians with the government and settlers of early Virginia. Learn about the many different tribes with whom the colonists interacted as they moved farther and farther into the wilderness. Investigate the changing roles of the tribes as they negotiated not only with encroaching settlers, but also with other Indian groups, and as war approached, with the competing factions among the colonists.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Following up on our Historic Jamestowne field trip, we’ll explore the adjacent Jamestown Settlement museum and its re-created early colonial environment. Here you will have opportunities to investigate exciting interactive exhibits in the newly renovated museum, stroll through a village of Eastern Woodland Indians, talk with “settlers” in the fort, and walk the decks of the three ships (replicas) that brought the first adventurers to Virginia in May of 1607. These reconstructed venues provide a colorful, compelling look at life in the early 17th century, illustrating the story you saw previously in artifacts and outlines at Historic Jamestown. You will have some free time at your own pace to see what interests you most, whether special exhibits, short films, or chatting with interpreters around the site.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Feel free to relax, spend time with new Road Scholar friends, or check out available activities from the information in your preparatory materials. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

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, March 11 - Before and After the Restoration / College of Wil...
Before and After the Restoration / College of William and Mary / Organ Concert / Colonial Williamsburg Walking Field Trip / Tavern Meal / Elizabeth Hayes, Secretary to the Restoration

Note: The Historic Area walk is about 1-1/2 miles in one direction with a good deal of standing; few opportunities for rest stops; level, pebbled streets, occasional benches along the way. For anyone concerned about the physical challenges, there is a bus available about half-way that eventually reaches the tavern for lunch.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: As preparation for our extensive walking field trip, we will have an expert presentation highlighted by archival slides on Williamsburg before and after what is lovingly called the Restoration. The presenter herself grew up in the old town and lived through the amazing transformation that took place in the mid-20th century. She will discuss the physical changes that took place as well as the attitudes and reactions of locals. Learn more about the reinvention of Virginia’s old colonial capital from the Great Depression through World War II, the involvement and generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the town’s continuing evolution.

The College of William and Mary is adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. The first stop on our walking field trip this morning is the college’s Wren Building, oldest continuously used academic building in the country, built before the town existed, and the first building to be restored during the Restoration. Sit on the hard benches as the early students did and learn about a university education in the 18th century.

We will visit Wren Chapel for a concert of period music on its 18th century pipe organ, one of the four oldest in the U.S., with an opportunity to learn about the instrument.

From the College, we will stroll down historical Duke of Gloucester Street, heart of Colonial Williamsburg. This walk will highlight some of the most interesting features of the Restored Area, including the reconstructed Capitol, Governor's Palace, homes, and tradesmen's shops. This overview will help you decide which venues have the greatest appeal to you to explore on your own later in the week.

Lunch: In the colonial era, public houses were gathering places for residents and travelers. Enter into the ambiance of Shields Tavern (1745). Though the building has been reconstructed, the atmosphere — though not the contemporary menu — is similar to what patrons such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry would have known. Strolling musicians and personalities from the past enhance the experience.

Afternoon: We continue our expert led walk in the colonial town with its gardens, urban plantations, and even the Public Gaol (jail) for a thorough overview to guide your personal independent exploration on Day Five. (Anyone who prefers to return to the hotel now may do so, walking about 1/3 mile.)

We will regroup at the hotel for a detailed look at the Historical Triangle of colonial and revolutionary Tidewater Virginia: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown. With our expert, we will trace developments from rude beginnings on a swampy island to full flowering in the 18th century and the victory of new nation on battlefields around the little village of Yorktown.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: You’ve seen the before-and-after pictures. You’ve walked the restored and reconstructed streets. Now “meet” one of the most important supporting players in the Restoration as a talented interpreter brings to life Elizabeth Hayes, secretary to Dr. Goodwin. His only staff and chief collaborator during the early "quiet phase" years, Miss Hayes — author of “The Background and Beginnings of the Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg” — shares her insider's knowledge of the meetings and maneuverings among the reverend, the philanthropist, and the town fathers and citizens.

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, March 12 - More About the Historic Triangle / Revolutionary ...
More About the Historic Triangle / Revolutionary Era Music and Instruments / Free Afternoon / African-American Music and Storytelling

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We continue our detailed examination of colonial and revolutionary Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown with opportunities for Q&A with our local expert.

Next, enjoy the talents of an accomplished musician as he introduces a variety of fascinating instruments typical of the Revolutionary era. Some will be familiar, but others may be quite a surprise.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. With your Colonial Williamsburg pass, you can independently explore what appeals to you most in the town. The Restored Area is approximately a quarter-mile from the hotel, a walk past fenced fields where horses and oxen often graze. At the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, you can view the classic film “Story of a Patriot.” You are also free to visit other sites in the area on your own, or simply relax.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We gather for an evening of African-American music and storytelling. With a talented singer/storyteller, take a sweeping journey through several centuries of African-American cultural tradition as it evolves from its roots in Africa through transformation during years of indentured servitude and slavery to emancipation during the Civil War.

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 Six: Friday, March 13 - Religious Practices of Early Virginians / Yorktow...
Religious Practices of Early Virginians / Yorktown and the Revolutionary War / Yorktown Battlefield Field Trip

Note: Walking along the Yorktown earthworks requires balance and stamina because of the steep sides of the works. Those concerned about the physical challenges can explore the Visitor Center galleries until the group returns. The walk at Surrender Field is about half a mile round-trip. The Victory Center museum is fully accessible, but the grounds include some hilly areas and rough paths.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will examine the religious practices and spiritual lives of colonists, the state sanctioned and supported Anglican Church, Protestant denominations that spread during times of religious revival, and others such as Catholics, Jews, and Quakers.

An introduction to the course of the Revolutionary War in the Tidewater area sets the stage for our field trip to Yorktown. Hear from a military expert about military life and maneuvers and Washington's campaign that trapped British Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, leading to his surrender and eventually to American independence.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Our Yorktown field trips begin at the Visitor Center with an introductory film, “The Siege of Yorktown” and exhibits that focus on various aspects of the campaign that ended the Revolutionary War. Next, we board a bus and head to the battlefield where climactic events of 1781 unfolded. We will be able to get out and walk around for a closer look at siege lines to visualize the opposing forces facing off. At Surrender Field, imagine the defeated British turning over their arms to the victorious American and French forces as their military band (allegedly) played “The World Turned Upside Down” — surely an understatement as far as Lord Cornwallis was concerned! From the battlefield, we move on to the Yorktown Victory Center, now being transformed into the American Revolution Museum with many period artifacts. We finish our field trip at a recreated 1780s farm, complete with a house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields, and herb and vegetable garden.

Time permitting, you can take a brief independent stroll through the modern village where three centuries of American history blend seamlessly together.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy another delightful costumed interpreter as a Woman of the Town of York, Martha Goosley. Mrs. Goosley will entertain you with tales of life in the busy port village, the impact of the revolutionary crisis, and the challenges to an independent woman.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, March 14 - Pirates, Witches and the Colonial Justice System ...
Pirates, Witches and the Colonial Justice System / 18th Century Virginia Cookery / Program Concludes

Note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The New World was a scary place, both in reality and in the imagination of the early colonists. Explore the world of actual threats such as pirates and supernatural fears as embodied in those accused of witchcraft. Learn how these outsiders were dealt with by the courts of the colony.

Then, bring the week to a delicious end with a session on 18th century Virginia cookery. Learn about methods of early American cooking and participate in the preparation of a delightful dessert. During the demonstration you will also learn about the roles of women and slaves in food gathering and preparation on the colonial plantation.

Lunch: Pick up a box lunch with sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and beverage before heading home. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownOur Road Scholar programs are filled with fascinating and informative classes, field trips, excursions and extracurricular activities. 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.

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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6 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

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