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Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown

Program Number: 2011RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2014 - 3/7/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/14/2015; 3/27/2015 - 4/2/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/18/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/9/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/6/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/29/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/19/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/10/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/31/2015; 11/15/2015 - 11/21/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free    

Embark on a journey through Virginia’s “Historic Triangle” with no less than a dozen historians and other experts. Delve into Virginia society, from the establishment of the first successful British outpost at Jamestown in 1607 through the end of British rule only a few miles away at Yorktown in 1781. Traveling between these sites, pause to visit the Colonial capital in Williamsburg. Learn about the development of plantation society, slavery and the role of religion and events leading to the Siege of Yorktown. You'll also enjoy a unique tavern dining experience.




Highlights

• Relish an in-depth look with the head curator at the incredible Jamestown Rediscovery Project, where archaeology is uncovering the original fort.
• Experience William & Mary's Wren Building and the historical Duke of Gloucester Street, heart of Colonial Williamsburg, with a knowledgeable interpreter.
• Follow your instructor across the earthworks to the field where American independence was guaranteed by the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily on brick, cobblestone and uneven ground.




Date Specific Information

3-8-2015, 3-27-2015, 4-12-2015, 5-3-2015, 5-31-2015, 8-23-2015, 9-13-2015, 10-4-2015, 10-25-2015, 11-15-2015

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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.

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

Carson Hudson is an Emmy-award winning screenwriter who has dedicated his career to bringing the music, lore and history of America to life. After in-depth research of entertainment forms from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, he began to regress his performance skills into the past, learning traditional performance practices and sideshow secrets. Since then, he has researched, written, performed, and directed more than a score of productions and programs for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This work earned him an Emmy and several Telly Awards in screen writing. In spite of all this, he still manages to find time to lecture on Revolutionary and Civil War military history for Road Scholar programs. Carson is the author of "Civil War Williamsburg" and "These Detestable Slaves of the Devil" (on colonial witchcraft).
 
Rebecca Suerdieck

An accomplished historical character interpreter, puppeteer, and folk dancer, Rebecca Suerdieck is one of the few 17th-century English domestics experts in the world, having researched various topics related to working-class women in the 14th through 18th centuries. She is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and holds a bachelor's in education, with concentrations in English history, music composition, film production, and Medieval and Renaissance studies. Rebecca has continued her education at Christopher Newport University with studies in historic archaeology, and is the author of two works: "A Brief History of New Pocoson and Charles Parish" and "An Introduction to English Country Dancing".
 
John Labanish

A native of Western Pennsylvania, John earned his B.A. in history and English from St., Vincent College and his M.A. in American history from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught history, government, and English at private and public schools in Michigan and Pennsylvania. During 13 years at the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, John advanced from collections registrar to curator of education and exhibits, and eventually became director. John also served as an adjunct professor of museum studies at Duquesne University. In 2008, he retired after 23 years at Colonial Williamsburg where he was involved in historic area interpretation, supervision and training of interpreters, historical building management, and first person character interpretation. Presently, John serves as a docent at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary and as a member of the James City County Historical Commission.
 
Susan Kern

A former archaeologist at Monticello, Susan Kern is passionate about American history. In her current role, Susan is a Visiting Associate Professor in the history department of the College of William & Mary, and teaches for the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD), a program of courses in early American history, material culture, and museum studies. Her book, "The Jeffersons at Shadwell," won Virginia Historical Society's Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography, and the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Susan holds an M.A. in architectural history from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in history from William & Mary.
 
Tom Marshall

An instructor in the Music Department at the College of William and Mary for more than 20 years, Tom Marshall has been performing private concerts for Road Scholar participants at the historic Wren Chapel for many years. He has served for two decades as a harpsichordist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he has performed numerous works of the concerto grosso style in original orchestrations, on original instruments. He is featured on many of the historical recordings issued by the foundation. A long-time member of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as organist for the Williamsburg United Methodist Church since 1977. Tom performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony, numerous baroque chamber ensembles, and organ and harpsichord recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He has made seven study tours in Europe to examine and play many surviving keyboard instruments from the 15th to the 19th century.
 
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.
 
Bly Straube

As a member of the team of archaeologists who found the remains of James Fort, the site of America's 1607 birthplace, Bly Straube is renowned for her knowledge on the earliest days of our country's history. Since 1973, she has worked in the Williamsburg area as a historical archaeologist, first with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and then as co-founder of the James River Institute for Archaeology. Bly is now employed by Preservation Virginia at Historic Jamestowne, and her most recent work is displayed in the Vorhees Archaearium. She has completed a book on the exhibit, "The Archaearium: Rediscovering Jamestown 1607-1609, Jamestown Virginia." Bly has recorded many programs for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and recently earned her Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, England. She has been teaching Road Scholar programs for more than eight years.
 
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 Program. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at approximately 11:15 with Boxed Lunch. 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 News Airport (30 minutes)
  From End of Program
  Location: Williamsburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Richmond

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

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 Groome Transportation (800-552-7911) or Marrow Transit, a private car service,757-564-5466. Call for rates and reservations.

 

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 to and from the airport. Besides the van service listed above, several taxi companies are also available in the ground transportation area of the airport. A n alternative includes Marrow Transit (757-564-5466). When using Oleta or Marrow, mention that you are a Road Scholar participant. Note that Williamsburg taxis can drop off but not pick up from the airport.

 

Williamsburg

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on gas prices
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.

 

Williamsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on gas prices
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.

 

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.

 
Driving Directions
  From Hampton Roads and points east Travel WEST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 WEST on exit #242/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Go approximately one mile and take exit for Route 60. Stay to the left when the exit ramp splits. At stop sign, 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 points northwest: Travel east on Interstate 64 toward Williamsburg. Take Exit #242A/Route 199. Go approximately one mile and take the exit for Route 60. Stay to the left when the exit ramp splits. At the stop sign, 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 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 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 Check-In
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Afternoon: 4:00 pm Arrival/Check-in. Program registration Class: "Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg", An introduction to the colonial town and its restoration, undertaken through the vision of a local minister and the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
 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: Introductions and Announcements Program Overview
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jamestown Island
(Monday, March 3)

Note: The visit to Historic Jamestowne includes an extended walk of nearly a mile over slightly rolling terrain on paved and gravel paths. Participants who may have difficulty with the walk can remain in the Visitor Center which offers both detailed exhibits and a fascinating "in the round" video of the Jamestown story.



   
 Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Archaeology and the Rediscovery of Jamestown", A fascinating, in-depth look at the incredible Jamestown Rediscovery Project that has been underway for over a decade at the site of the original fort built by the first English colonists to establish a permanent settlement in North America. The fort 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. This visually supported two session lecture is usually delivered by the Head Curator of the project.
 Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: "Historic Jamestowne" Visit 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. Historic Jamestowne also includes a new Visitor Center with introductory film and exhibits, recently completed as part of the upgrades of the island for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. There will also be time to explore the incredible exhibits of artifacts uncovered at the dig in the architecturally unique Archaearium, with a "see-through" floor that lets you view the foundation of the 17th century statehouse.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Performance: "A Lady of the Seventeenth Century" What better way to experience the 1600's than 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 as she shares tales of triumphs, tragedies, and the mundane activities of daily existence.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trip to Jamestown Settlement
(Tuesday, March 4)

Note: The full exploration of the Settlement includes an extended walk down and back up a gently sloping hill. In addition, participants can board one of the reconstructed ships via a gangway and investigate the decks by climbing steep, narrow stairs. Those who may prefer a less active visit can explore at their leisure the extensive galleries in the indoor museum. Special exhibits on the second floor can be reached by elevator.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Slavery in the 18th Century" Explore the evolution of slavery from its roots in the 17th century as it changes from a form of indentured servitude to lifelong bondage. Consider the impact of the institution on families, both black and white, the African cultures brought to America, attitudes toward race, and other facets of the lives of both masters and slaves. Learn about the changes in colonial laws that both reflected and institutionalized the status of Africans in colonial Virginia. Class: "Colonial Williamsburg's Native Peoples" Trace 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: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: "Jamestown Settlement" Now that you have explored the Real Thing on Jamestown Island, enjoy a guided exploration of the Jamestown Settlement museum and reconstructed early colonial environment. Here you will have the chance to investigate exciting interactive exhibits in the newly renovated museum, stroll through a village of the Eastern Woodland Indians, talk with settlers in the fort, and walk the decks of the three ships which brought the first adventurers to Virginia in May, 1607. These reconstructed venues will allow you to see what life was like in the early 17th century, fleshing out the story that you saw in artifacts and outlines at Jamestown Island on Day Two's trip. Sufficient time is allowed for some exploration on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Colonial Williamsburg, Tavern meal
(Wednesday, March 5)

Note: The walk through the Historic Area is on level, pebbled streets, extending for about a mile and a half with few opportunities for rest.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Colonial and Revolutionary Tidewater: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown", A detailed look at the three towns that make up the Historic Triangle of Virginia, tracing the colonial history from its rude beginnings on a swampy island to its flourishing in the 18th century and ending with its transformation to a new nation on the Revolutionary battlefields around the little village of Yorktown Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Take a guided walking excursion to the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary and the 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, and tradesmen's shops, without going inside. Later in the day you will be able to explore in depth on your own those venues which have the greatest appeal to you.
 Lunch: Enjoy the ambiance of a Colonial Tavern as you are entertained by strolling musicians and local personalities from the past. Taste southern comfort food in the charm of Shields Tavern, a reconstructed building with a history all its own. In the 18th century, public houses were gathering places for residents and travelers. Partake of a dining experience similar to one enjoyed by patriots like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. No transportation provided to or from the various sites you may want to visit. During this time, if you choose, you can remain in town and visit the Colonial Williamsburg buildings and gardens that most appeal to you, based on your morning overview. The Restored Area is approximately a quarter mile from the hotel, an easy walk past fenced fields where horses and oxen often graze.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Class: "A Woman's Place" The status of women in the colonial era was very different than it is today, and not just because they could not vote. Explore the world of 18th century women of all classes and colors in this presentation. Learn about the "sphere" in which they were expected to function, centered on home and family. Find out how women stood legally and how some enterprising ladies found ways around the restrictions of their time and place. You will find out why you should follow Abigail Adams's admonition to "Remember the ladies."
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Yorktown Battlefield, Musical performances
(Thursday, March 6)

Note: The walk along the earthworks is fairly strenuous because of the steep sides of the works. Those who might find this difficult can remain in the Visitor Center and explore the galleries until the group returns. Likewise, they can remain on the bus if the walk at Surrender Field appears to be too long for them.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Colonial and Revolutionary Tidewater: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Part II", A continuation of the topics begun on Day Four, with time for review, questions, and answers. Performance: "Rare Colonial Instruments", Enjoy the amazing talents of an accomplished musician as he introduces a variety of fascinating instruments typical of the Revolutionary era.
 Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.
 Afternoon: Class: "Revolutionary War and Yorktown", An introduction to the course of the Revolutionary War in the Tidewater area, including descriptions of military life and maneuvers and Washington's campaign that trapped British Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, leading to his surrender and eventually to American independence. Field trip: "Yorktown Visitor Center and Battlefield" First explore the Visitor Center with its introductory film, museum, and gift shop. Then take a guided bus and walking excursion to the battlefield where the climactic events of 1781 unfolded. Look out over the siege lines as you visualize the opposing forces facing off. Finish with a stop at Surrender Field where the defeated British turned over their arms to the victorious American and French forces as their musicians played "The World Turned Upside Down".
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Performance: "An Evening of African-American Music and Storytelling", A talented singer/storyteller will entertain you with a sweeping journey through several centuries of African-American tradition as it evolves from its roots in Africa through its transformation during years of indentured servitude and slavery to its triumph in freedom in the mid-nineteenth century.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Plantation Life in the Colonial Era" An investigation of the evolution of rural Virginia society, looking at the social and economic structures of the agrarian plantation life from the viewpoints of both master and slave. Performance: "Meet a Woman of the Town of York: Martha Goosley", A delightful interpretation of life in colonial Yorktown that completes the cast of colorful characters that have provided a glimpse into this long ago time during the course of this eventful week.
 Lunch: Pick up a box lunch with sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and beverage before heading home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Williamsburg Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and Yorktown
Our 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: 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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