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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.
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Program No. 2011RJ
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7 days
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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.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,129
Length
7 days
Rating (4.64)
Starts at
1,129
Program No. 2011RJ

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Sep 18 - Sep 24, 2022
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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).
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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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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.
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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.
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In 1991, Dean Shostak became involved in the revival of the rare and beautiful glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Today, he is one of eight glass armonica players in the world, and the only musician since the 18th century to use a flywheel and foot treadle as Franklin originally designed. Dean began his musical career in Colonial Williamsburg at the age of 14, and after graduating from the University of Virginia, began to study 18th-century instruments such as the pocket violin and the hurdy-gurdy. He has now incorporated spectacular new and antique glass instruments into his show, including the glass violin and crystal handbells. Dean has emerged as a nationally acclaimed touring artist, and his music has been featured on numerous television and radio programs including Voice of America, The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, NPR's All Things Considered and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
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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.
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Tom Marshall View biography
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.
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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 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 has recorded many programs for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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A native of Pennsylvania with family roots deep in that state, Anne Conkling attended American University before finally settling in Williamsburg, Va. She has a passion for anything historical, particularly from the period 1500-1875. Her interests include colonial Virginia, the role of the Anglican Church in colonization, royal charters, political life cycles, and the roles of women of all races. Anne has written for various newspapers and publications, is a historical interpreter at Bruton Parish Church, and a teacher of historical interpreters at Jamestown Island.
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Felicity Meza-Luna View biography
Felicity Meza-Luna currently serves as an American Indian interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Previously, she held the same position at Historic Jamestowne, site of the original first permanent English settlement in the New World and a point of First Contact. Felicity participates as a Jingle Dress Dancer at powwows around the region and is the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Inter-tribal Women's Circle. She is a member of the Lakota Tribe, Rosebud Reservation, and has family at the Pine Ridge Reservation.
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Bunny Rich has worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 34 years. Among her many interests, she has concentrated on Colonial family life, cooking and clothing, often interpreting at the Powell House. Bunny also has served as a leader for VIP guests ranging from Bill Clinton to David Brinkley. A native of York County, Bunny can trace her roots on the Virginia Peninsula back to the 1630s.
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Lee Ann Rose View biography
Lee Ann Rose has found a way to use her theatre degree and her love of history into a career that has spanned 20 years at Colonial Williamsburg and now has allowed her to step out creating her own company called, Shades of Our Past. At her time at Colonial Williamsburg, she has played Martha Washington and coached other character interpreters and Nation Builders. When she is not performing, she is working on a book about Martha Washington's children.
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Mary Griffith, a chocolatier, has an MBA from Old Dominion University and started Virginia's Finest Chocolate while an undergraduate student at Christopher Newport University. Taking the Small Business Institute class, she created the business plan for Virginia's Finest Chocolate and carried it out. For more than 25 years, Mary has enjoyed sharing her love for all things chocolate with her handmade products and educational programs. Her products carry Virginia's Finest Trademark as awarded by the Virginia Department of Agriculture.
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A Pennsylvania native, Kate Tilley received a bachelor’s in theatre from DeSales University with concentrations in acting and costuming. In 2009, she turned her costuming attention to historical clothing in the colonial time period and began an internship with the tailors at Colonial Williamsburg. As a historic clothing technician at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Kate served as a mentor for new staff in the historical clothing services department, team leader for day-to-day activities at the Jamestown Settlement Costume Shop.
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.
Damned Souls in a Tobacco Colony
by Bond, Edward L.
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
The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783.
by Selby, John E
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Ellis, Joseph J
Becoming Americans: Our Struggle to Be Both Free and Equal.
by Carson, Cary
Pocahontas’s People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia through Four
by Rountree, Helen
Colonial Virginia-A History
by Billings, Warren M., John E. Selby and Thad W. Tate.
American Scripture: The Making of the Declaration of Independence
by „h Maier, Pauline.
A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army & American Character
by Royster, Charles
Women’s Life and Work in the Southern Colonies
by Spruill, Julia Cherry
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and
by Morgan, Philip
Plantation Homes of the James River.
by Roberts, Bruce.
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia
by Brown, Kathleen
The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to the American
by Morgan, Edmund S. & Helen M. Morgan
American Colonies
by Taylor, Alan
Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North
by Fowler, William M.
Jamestown: The Buried Truth
by Kelso, William





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