2011
Virginia

From Colony to Revolution: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown

Immerse yourself in historic Virginia with scholars, instructors and historians as you explore Colonial Era history from the founding of Jamestown to the end of the Revolutionary War.
Rating (5)
Program No. 2011RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,099

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily on brick, cobblestone and uneven ground.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

For a shorter experience with more free time in this area, check out "Historic Triangle Sampler: Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown" (#22991).
Featured Expert
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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 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 screenwriting. In spite of this, Carson still manages to find time to deliver engaging lectures on Revolutionary and Civil War military history for Road Scholar programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Susan Kern
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Stephen Christoff
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Anne Conkling
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Eileen Wells
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Ann Parker
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Carson Hudson
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Rebecca Suerdieck
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Tom Marshall
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John Labanish
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Buck Woodard
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Bunny Rich
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Bly Straube
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and
by Morgan, Philip
Colonial Virginia-A History
by Billings, Warren M., John E. Selby and Thad W. Tate.
Damned Souls in a Tobacco Colony
by Bond, Edward L.
The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783.
by Selby, John E
A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army & American Character
by Royster, Charles
Jamestown: The Buried Truth
by Kelso, William
Pocahontas’s People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia through Four
by Rountree, Helen
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Ellis, Joseph J
Women’s Life and Work in the Southern Colonies
by Spruill, Julia Cherry
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia
by Brown, Kathleen
Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North
by Fowler, William M.
American Scripture: The Making of the Declaration of Independence
by „h Maier, Pauline.
Plantation Homes of the James River.
by Roberts, Bruce.
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia
by Morgan, Edmund S
A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America
by James Horn
Becoming Americans: Our Struggle to Be Both Free and Equal.
by Carson, Cary
The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to the American
by Morgan, Edmund S. & Helen M. Morgan
American Colonies
by Taylor, Alan





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