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Family Time Travel: Virginia, The Birthplace of a Nation

Program Number: 21021RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2013 - 7/12/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Price starting at: $544.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs; History & Culture; Intergenerational
Family
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 12 years of age.

Adventure awaits you and your family in Colonial Virginia! Discover the contribution of Indians, Africans and Europeans in Jamestown, journey back in time to Williamsburg at the onset of the American Revolution as citizens consider a break with England. Talk to prosperous Colonists like the wigmaker, silversmith and tavern keeper, then travel onward to Yorktown to walk the fields where our independence was won.




Highlights

• Examine artifacts from the original fort at Jamestown, site of the first permanent English colony in North America.
• Experience Colonial life by learning to write with a quill pen, making a folded-paper box, dressing up in Colonial clothes and playing a variety of lawn and parlor games.
• Decide whether to stand with the Patriots or the Loyalists in a spirited debate moderated by a character from Colonial America



Activity Particulars

Walking two miles on uneven brick streets, occasional grass, dirt or pebble paths.



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
Historic hotel with fitness center and indoor pool within walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel Historic District
  Williamsburg 6 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 Program. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after last class at approximately 11:00 a.m. with box lunch available for trip home. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  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 News Airport (30 minutes)
  From End of Program
  Location: Williamsburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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 train information, call 1-800-872-7245 or go to www.amtrak.com. Additional taxis are available to transport to hotel; all rates are the same.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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-64WEST on exit #242/Route 199. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign, turn left onto 60 WEST. The Clarion Historic District Hotel is a little over a mile on the right, just after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stop light, you have gone too far.
  From Richmond Travel EAST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Leave I-64/EAST on Exit #242A/Route 199. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign, turn left onto 60 WEST. The Clarion Historic District Hotel is a little over a mile on the right, just after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stop light, 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 first traffic light on to Route 199. Follow Route 199 to 3.8 miles to 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 Clarion Historic District Hotel is a little over a mile on the right, just after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stop light, 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: Program Overview
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in and Registration
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: Program Overview and Introductions Ice Breaker for Grandchildren
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jamestown Island and Settlement
(Monday, July 8)

Note: About a mile of walking each at the two Jamestowns. Paths are grass, pebble, dirt, and similar uneven surfaces. Both sites have museums near the entrance where those who cannot cover the whole distance can enjoy the exhibits.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at your Leisure
 Morning: Field Trip: "Jamestown Settlement" Take a guided walk through interpretive areas that showcase a reconstructed Indian village, fort, and sailing ships. Explore the museum as well as participate in interactive classroom time where participants can handle and even dress up in reproduction artifacts.
 Lunch: Box Lunch at the Settlement
 Afternoon: Field Trip: "Jamestown Island" Explore the actual site of the original first permanent English colony in North America. Includes tour of Visitor Center galleries, introductory film and tour of new Archaearium where artifacts from the recently unearthed original fort are displayed. Depending on site schedule, may include opportunity to observe ongoing archaeological dig at fort site.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Evening Entertainment: "Rare Colonial Instruments" An amazingly talented musician, dressed in period clothing, demonstrates instruments of the colonial period, including a reproduction of the glass armonica invented by Benjamin Franklin.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Colonial Williamsburg---Capitol, Gaol, Brickyard, craft shops
(Tuesday, July 9)

Note: Considerable standing for extended periods and walking on pebble, dirt, and oyster shell paths. Definitely a day for active participants!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure
 Morning: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Visit a number of historical buildings including the Capitol where Jefferson and Patrick Henry spoke and the Gaol that imprisoned paupers and pirates. Stroll by fields where animal breeds from the colonial era graze. Help make bricks (shoes must come off!) in the Brickyard.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Activities: "Colonial Games and Crafts" Learn to write with a quill pen, seal a letter with wax, dress up in colonial clothes and play a variety of lawn and parlor games. Adults will be treated to a special presentation on colonial life while the grandchildren play.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Free Evening: A variety of activities will be suggested for you to choose from to enjoy on your own. These may include a concert at the 18th century Bruton Parish Church, a ghost walk through the colonial village, or even a visit to Busch Gardens!
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Colonial Williamsburg---Governor's Palace and Maze, Wren Building, craft shops, lunch at a colonial tavern
(Wednesday, July 10)

Note: This is another day of extensive walking and standing. Total distance covered, in segments, is about 2 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure
 Morning: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Continue to explore the buildings, gardens, and other sites in the Restored Area. At the Governor's Palace, learn how the royal representative in Virginia lived and get lost and found in the garden maze. Visit the campus of the College of William and Mary and tour the historic Wren Building, the oldest college building in America in continuous use. Explore some of the trade shops such as the blacksmith, wig maker and cooper (barrel maker) to gain a better understanding of colonial life.
 Lunch: Lunch: Experience a hearty colonial-style meal in a historic tavern, complete with strolling entertainers and other colonial characters.
 Afternoon: Free Time: Return to Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy the pool at the hotel, or just sit back and relax.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Evening Program: "African-American Music, Storytelling, and Dancing", Listen to and join in with a talented singer/storyteller as she takes you through three centuries of African-American culture from its roots in Africa to its triumph with the end of slavery.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Yorktown Battlefield---recreated Revolutionary encampment (where you can join the militia!) and colonial farm, two museums, Revolutionary and Civil War earthworks. In the evening an exciting debate to decide if we break with England or remain loyal.
(Thursday, July 11)

Note: The walking today is over shorter distances with uneven paths similar to earlier days. The ground is slightly hilly and includes walking up and around Revolutionary era earthworks. At both sites, there are museums near the entrance where the less hearty can enjoy the exhibits.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Field Trip: "Hands-on Program at the Yorktown Victory Center" Participate in a visit to the museum galleries and interpretive sites. Help turn flax into linen thread at the farm site and practice military drills in the encampment. Learn about Revolutionary War medicine and cooking and poke your head into a tobacco barn.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Field Trip: "Yorktown Battlefield" Explore the actual site of the siege of Yorktown that took place in 1781 where American and French forces defeated the British and won the Revolutionary War. Visit the galleries at the Visitor Center and end with a walk across Surrender Field where the British army lay down its arms before George Washington's forces.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Evening Program: Freedom Debate: Decide whether to stand with the Patriots or the Loyalists and be prepared to defend your choice in a spirited debate moderated by a character from colonial America. Use the information you have gathered during the week's field trips to defend your position.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Help make a colonial dessert, then celebrate the week with some lively colonial dancing.
(Friday, July 12)

Note: A more relaxed morning at the hotel to finish up with some authentic colonial activities. If you are nimble on your feet, even the dancing won't be a challenge!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Class: "Colonial Foodways", Participate in the preparation of an authentic (and delicious) colonial dessert as you learn about typical foods and their preparation. Class: "Colonial Dance" Just like the people of colonial times, follow your dessert by putting on your dancing shoes and prancing around the room to the strains of music of the time period. Children, parents, and grandparents can all learn the steps of the minuet and other colonial dances with the lively assistance of a talented dance mistress. Graduation Ceremony
 Lunch: Box Lunch available after last class at approximately 11:00 a.m. for the trip home.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Williamsburg Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and Yorktown
When you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with activities; your free time will be limited to only a few hours a day. Since we won't be able to visit every interesting place in the Williamsburg area, consider staying an extra day or two at the end of the program for further exploration. Visit our web page with links to sample schedules, hotel web pages, reading lists, Colonial Williamsburg and more. For additional information, visit www.wm.edu/Road Scholar
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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