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Historic Preservation: Changing Seasons At Jamestown and Yorktown

Program Number: 7744RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/10/2013 - 3/15/2013; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Price starting at: $749.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free    

Learn by doing as you pitch in with staff at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation to maintain its museum sites, which host hundreds of thousands of students and other visitors each year. The Foundation operates two living-history museums — the Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center — that interpret 17th- and 18th-century life. In addition to a variety of work, enjoy a fascinating field trip or lecture each day.




Highlights

• During your service time, weave a reed mat that will cover an Indian yehakin, stitch the trim onto a Colonial garment or help with upkeep of the grounds.
• Enjoy a lively presentation by a talented musician as he plays and explains a variety of 18th-century instruments, both familiar and unique.
• Investigate the life of a private Revolutionary soldier and what are, by modern standards, the sometimes rather-alarming medical practices of Colonial times.



Activity Particulars

Work 5-6 hours a full day, 2-3 hours a half-day; indoors and out.




Date Specific Information

3-15-2015

Military through the Ages, running March 21-22, 2015, is a chronological display of military history from the 1st century AD to modern times. It includes reenactors, military camps, demonstrations, hands-on activities and much more.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Williamsburg (Virginia)

One of America’s first planned cities, this one-time capital of the New World was laid out in 1699, and today, the historic community serves as a well-preserved center of American Colonial history, from nearby Jamestown to impeccably restored buildings.



Accommodations
Modern hotel near historic area, indoor pool and fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Stephen Christoff

Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel Historic District
  Williamsburg 5 nights
 Clarion Hotel Historic District
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm Program registration begins at hotel, Check into your room/ 5:15pm Start of Prgm. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1:30pm. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. none
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Williamsburg
  Nearest city or town:  Richmond
  Nearest highway: Interstate 64
  Nearest airport:  Williamsburg/Newport New Airport (30 minutes)
  From End of Program
  Location: Williamsburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Williamsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For bus information, call 1-800-231-2222 or go to www.greyhound.com. Additional taxis are available to transport to hotel; all rates are the same.

 

Williamsburg

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For bus information, call 1-800-231-2222 or go to www.greyhound.com. Additional taxis are available to transport to hotel; all rates are the same.

 

Norfolk

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45 miles

   

Travel from this airport to the hotel (and back after the program) includes passage through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel which is frequently congested, causing long delays. The trip may well cost in excess of $100 per person one way. We recommend using Richmond or Newport News Airports if possible. Alternate transportation includes Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Cary Airport Connection (757-963-0433). If using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant.

 

Newport News

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

about 20

   

Although this is a smaller airport than Richmond or Norfolk, it is the closest and most convenient in terms of getting from the airport to the hotel and back. Besides the van service listed above, several taxi companies are also available in the ground transportation area of the airport. Alternatives include Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Triangle Taxi (757-564-6969). When using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant.

 

Richmond

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Groome Transportation
phone: 800-552-7911

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about an hour depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45-50 miles

   

Alternate transportation from/to airport available through Oleta Coach Lines van service (757-253-1008) or Marrow Transit, a private car service,757-564-5466. Call for rates and reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  From Hampton Roads Travel WEST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Richmond and I-95 Travel EAST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242-A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Southside Virginia via the Jamestown Ferry Cross the James River on the Jamestown Ferry/Route 31. Follow Route 31/Jamestown Road toward Williamsburg for about 4.2 miles. Turn right at the second traffic light on to Route 199. Follow Route 199 for 3.8 miles and take the exit for Route 60. At the bottom of the off-ramp there is a traffic light, turn left onto Route 60 West and follow it in the direction of Williamsburg. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Registration/Road Scholar Introductions
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Tour of Jamestown Settlement and Service Work/Service Work Continues
(Monday, March 11)

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.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, March 15)
   
 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 Yorktown
Our 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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